Jefferson County Schools’ potential misdirection of millions in state funding coming under scrutiny

WDRB in Louisville broke a major story yesterday, raising questions about how money supplied by the state legislature for what was supposed to be a reading support program in Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) got diverted to pay nurses’ salaries instead. At issue: possible misappropriation of state funds Reaction from the new administration in Frankfort…

Too much ‘politics’ in some Kentucky legislators’ ‘understanding’ of the state’s actual education performance

This past week has provided a number of disturbing examples recently that a number of state lawmakers legislators don’t have a good grasp on the data about Kentucky’s public school performance. The real picture is certainly different from what some pols would have us believe. House Education Chairman Derrick Graham, D-Frankfort, sounded off in a…

Kentucky’s high school graduation rates are misleading

Too many graduates not ready for college or careers Too many not proficient in Algebra II even though it’s supposedly a graduation requirement Too many poorly informed people in Kentucky are crowing about the state’s very large high school graduation rate numbers. Either a lot of folks, including legislators who work on education, just don’t…

Senate Bill 1: Squabbles are on

The most sweeping education reform bill since the 2010 advent of the Common Core State Standards in Kentucky is now under consideration as Senate Bill 1 from the 2016 Regular Legislative Session (SB-1/2016). This 90 plus-page bill (including amendments) impacts a host of important areas, including: • Changing the way Kentucky’s education standards and assessments…

Fordham’s new report on Common Core draws quick, compelling criticism

Fallout: Does Common Core really get students ready for college and careers? It’s no secret: the Fordham Institute has weighed in heavily in favor of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) over the past six years. Unfortunately, critics charge with increasing justification that Fordham seems to be straying from objective and useful research into something…

Will Kentucky’s Districts of Innovation program get a black eye?

During efforts to fend off a true charter school bill a few years ago, legislative friends of adults running Kentucky’s traditional schools passed the Districts of Innovation bill, which supposedly allow traditional school districts in the state to do many of the same things that work well around the country in charter schools. But the…

Surprise: Charter schools are better at retaining hard-to-educate students

One of the most frequent complaints heard from anti-charter school folks in Kentucky is that these schools of choice push out harder-to-educate students, thus inflating their performance. But a Manhattan Institute report released earlier this year challenges that. Per the study summary: “Students with disabilities and students learning English are more likely to remain in…

Another school system transparency law violation

The Courier-Journal reports that the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office just hit the Jefferson County Public School District with an Open Records Law violation for not making public information available in accordance with the law. This adds to a growing list of violations of the state’s transparency laws by various education agencies which even includes an…