Overstaffed Public Schools

— Finally getting the message From our early days the Bluegrass Institute has pointed out that there is something wrong with the ratio of teachers to other staff in our schools. This graph, which shows Kentucky ranks dead last for this ratio among the 50 states and even Washington, DC, has run ever since the…

National Board Certified Teachers

– Are they worth the cost? Around 74,000 teachers now have been certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), and 32,000 teachers have been certified for more than half a decade. The organization’s directory of teachers indicates that as of March 30, 2009 there are 1,605 active certified teachers in Kentucky, although…

KERA Theories That Just Didn’t Work

The dust is settling from the final signing of Senate Bill 1 (SB-1), which marks the well-deserved end of Kentucky’s second unsuccessful attempt to incorporate Progressive Education Theories into a valid assessment program. The demise of the CATS assessments, which never changed enough from the original KIRIS assessment to be successful, reminds me of other…