High school diploma quality – a serious problem on both sides of the Ohio River

A Kentucky Enquirer news article, “Grad requirements: Class of 2018 is in trouble,” talks about the disconnect between what public schools think is an adequate education to earn a high school diploma and what state leaders think should really be required. It appears Ohio’s educators are even upset about requiring the equivalent of just a…

Author says: ‘I Can’t Answer These Texas Standardized Test Questions About My Own Poems’

Here’s a Huffington Post article worth your read. Poet Sara Holbrook discovered some of her poems were being used as seventh grade test items in Texas STAAR test. To her dismay, she couldn’t figure out what the answers to the questions really were! And, Ms. Holbrook wrote the poems! By the way, Kentucky, don’t act…

Poorly titled news article about charter schools fools Kentucky School Boards Association

A New Year’s Day article from the Palm Beach Post proclaims, “More PBC parents choosing traditional public schools over charters.” Not surprisingly, the Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA) instantly jumped on this article, trying to undermine efforts to finally bring these public schools of choice to Kentucky. If the news report were fully on target,…

Ed. Sec. Heiner on charter school legislation

Kentucky’s Secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, Hal Heiner, did an interview about what Kentucky needs with charter school legislation recently with CN|2 cable news. Heiner pointed to the obvious need for charter schools in Kentucky to help counter the serious achievement gaps that exist in the state’s traditional public school system. This…

Is this the real reason why Elizabethtown’s school board doesn’t support charter schools?

The News-Enterprise reported (subscription) recently that the Elizabethtown Independent School Board had voted to oppose charter schools. The main reasons cited included a mix of incorrect information about charter schools plus something probably more telling – an expressed fear that somehow charter schools would take money away from the public school system in Kentucky. That…

Herald-Leader sounds like us – bemoans achievement gaps in Fayette County

Some at the Herald-Leader might lose their lunch over the idea that they sound like the Bluegrass Institute, but their recent article, “Analysis: Fayette schools stall on achievement gap,” does exactly that. The article presents data on the white minus black achievement gaps in math and reading in each of the district’s high schools, concluding:…

Does anarchy reign at Jefferson County middle school?

Lawsuit alleges it does One of the state’s most successful and talented lawyers, Teddy Gordon, just filed a lawsuit against the Jefferson County Public School District (JCPS) that immediately received major coverage in the Courier-Journal under the headline “’Anarchy’ alleged at JCPS middle school.” Some of the incidents supposedly taking place at the Crosby Middle…