Home-schooling on the Rise

More parents are “dropping out” of public schools in the interests of better education for their kids, a new study reports. And, there are more reasons parents are taking the home-school choice alternative – reasons that indicate public schools are not meeting student needs despite all the “noise” about how diverse our public school system…

Washington DC Superintendent – National Teacher Certification Doesn’t Improve Student Performance

In a shocker that has important implications in Kentucky, the Washington Post today announced that DC’s schools’ leader, Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, is dropping district support for teachers seeking certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Rhee cites a lack of evidence that this expensive and time-consuming program produces better student achievement. The…

Year Round School Fad Flopping

The Courier-Journal reports that four of the six remaining Louisville schools that still use a full, year-round calendar for classes (no traditional summer breaks), are dropping this once highly touted education fad idea. Jefferson County Schools superintendent Shelly Berman wants to drop this expensive program in the two remaining schools, as well. The school system…