Brookings Institution catching on: there is a real problem with falling employment rates

We have written before about the obvious problem with the nation’s falling employment rates. These rates, unlike the unemployment rates, are not jimmied when job seekers lose hope and just stop looking for work. And, as we have written several times, including here and here, the employment data, technically called the “Labor Force Participation Rate,”…

Will Congress throw a major monkey wrench at pending Kentucky laws and school accountability programs?

As the Kentucky Board of Education prepares to hear proposals for a major revision to the state’s assessment and accountability program this Tuesday, and as the Kentucky legislature mulls Senate Bill 1, which is in part a reaction to the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Education Week reports that the major enabling regulation for…

There’s still more to “The rest of the story” as folks try to defend Common Core

I’ve been writing about how lines are already forming in the fight to end Kentucky’s use of the Common Core State Standards for math and English language arts. Poorly-aimed shots already were fired last week in an Op-Ed that appeared under the title “Column: Common Core: If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it” in the…

Kentucky under Common Core: The opinion survey that really matters

As I wrote yesterday, with the Kentucky legislature coming back into session, a big question to be decided is whether the state will continue to use the Common Core State Standards for its English language arts and math standards. Already, lines are forming, and poorly-aimed shots were fired last week in an Op-Ed that appeared…

ACT results show Kentucky’s achievement gaps continue all through school

Provides more evidence that blacks get left behind/Need other options Since the founding days of the Bluegrass Institute about 14 years ago, we have pushed the need for more school choice in Kentucky. That evidence includes our extensive discussions of the chronic achievement gaps for whites and blacks in Kentucky’s public school system in many…

Charter school value – they CAN help/work with public schools, too

There hasn’t been a lot of coverage of examples of charter schools working together with traditional schools to boost the performance of both, but examples are out there. For example, in 2010 Education Week reported, “Charters and Public Schools Team Up in Texas” (subscription?). Aside from the collaboration in the Rio Grande area of Texas,…