Jefferson County Schools’ busing woes never end

We’ve written a ton of articles over the years about the expensive, environmentally unfriendly, and largely ineffective busing-for-integration effort that is still going on in Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) (just search our blog using “busing Jefferson County” in the search window). But, it looks like citizens of Kentucky’s biggest city just love to bang…

Kentucky needs charter schools in more places than Louisville!

A lot of people understand that Kentucky’s largest city would benefit from more school options for students including charter schools operated independent of the stifling restrictions from bureaucracy and union influences in Louisville. Now, however, another hot prospect has emerged with a vengeance, and this time it is Lexington – not Louisville – that becomes…

As reality sets in, Kentucky’s new mandatory Age 18 dropout law gets interesting

If you currently are a 16- or 17-year old dropout in Kentucky, you are going to be forced back into school. This news comes from an interesting Herald-Leader story that ran yesterday about what is happening as Kentucky’s new mandatory minimum dropout age of 18 takes effect. Per the Herald-Leader, both the school districts and…

Public input sought on traits for next Kentucky education commissioner

The Kentucky Board of Education is seeking public input on traits it should consider when selecting Kentucky’s next commissioner of education. Full details on the comment process and a working draft of the current list of desired traits are discussed in Kentucky Department of Education News Release 15-052. BIPPS readers are encouraged to take a…

No, most Kentucky KPREP scores are not that close to NAEP scores

The Kentucky Department of Education sent out News Release 15-051 yesterday, which contains some inaccurate information about how the state’s KPREP test compares to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). While the release claims “Kentucky Among Handful of States with Reliable Test Scores,” that might be stretching things. To begin, the term “Reliable” has…

Kentucky teachers on Common Core problems someone might not want you to hear about

We’ve heard from Frankfort (and even the Wall Street Journal) that Kentucky’s teachers are not speaking out much about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) problems. Well, maybe we are not hearing about our teachers’ issues because someone doesn’t want us to hear what’s being said. A case in point: take a look at this…

Stop Press! Commissioner search meeting now will be mostly open to public!

BIPPS questions apparently caused reflection I wrote yesterday about a problematic announcement of a short-notice meeting of the Kentucky Board of Education to evaluate and select a search firm to help find the next Kentucky Commissioner of Education. I listed a number of concerns including the fact that several of the events on the agenda…