Former KY Board of Education member says state’s social studies standards need work

In a rather stunning development, former member of the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) Gary Houchens, who also is a Bluegrass Institute Scholar, now agrees that: “Kentucky’s social studies standards need more work.” What makes this particularly attention-getting is that Houchens – a professor in the education school at Western Kentucky University with a background…

Quote of the Day – Kentucky teachers – kind of novices with virtual instruction

Union head says so “Brent McKim, president of the Jefferson County Teachers’ Association, pointed out that aside from the experience they gained in the spring, most teachers in the Commonwealth are ‘kind of novice’ at virtual instruction.” Quote from Kentucky Department of Education Advisory 20-245 (not yet online – will update with link when available)…

School opening in Kentucky – Still lots of questions with few answers

The July 20, 2020 edition of KET’s Kentucky Tonight was totally dedicated to the issues and challenges Kentucky’s public school system faces as it struggles to configure a fall learning season. Will schools open normally in person? Will schools use a blend of in person and distance learning, now being called Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) by…

K to 12 talks about doing distance learning, but why aren’t people checking out Kentucky’s own, 15-year-old distance learning program?

It’s a mystery to me. As Kentucky’s K to 12 education system wrestles with the challenges of putting together a full academic year of online learning in case the COVID Virus makes in-person student attendance at schools impossible, a major, long-running Kentucky source of knowledge about how to do year-long distance seems to be known…

Another Kentucky School Report Card Issue – Just try following the money

I wrote previously about some problems with the Kentucky School Report Cards. One issue surfaced when I linked to a different page in a school’s report. Suddenly, the school for which the data was being reported changed without warning. I also discussed the misleading nature of bar graphs on one of the report card’s sub-pages.…

Where does this JCPS funding claim come from?

And, is an important source being largely overlooked? A little while ago, Olivia Krauth, an education reporter at the Courier-Journal, posted this curious Tweet: Federal funding makes up a whopping *checks notes* 0.5% of Kentucky’s largest district’s general fund. https://t.co/mrLdCZGThH — Olivia Krauth (@oliviakrauth) July 8, 2020 That 0.5% figure sure looked low to me,…

Is Florida’s governor crazy? He’s further increasing school choice in his state while Kentucky’s public school types tell us that kills public education

But, does choice really kill public education – especially for black students? Florida’s governor must know something. A few days ago, he signed a bill to further expand school choices in his state, which already has lots of options for parents such as charter schools and voucher programs. The new bill further expands private school…