Why Kentucky needs charter schools: A parent’s compelling story

In her testimony on Monday, November 10, 2014 before the Kentucky Legislature’s Interim Joint Education Committee, Louisville parent Lynn Rippy says the public school system incorrectly categorized her adopted African-American son as having an IQ of only 100. But, Rippy didn’t accept that. Once she enrolled him in a private school that met his needs,…

Charter school action ratchets up a notch in Kentucky

The past two days saw major charter school action in Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville with extended testimony to the Kentucky Legislature’s Interim Joint Education Committee and Charter School Town Hall events, as well. There was compelling commentary from both experts and Kentucky parents who understand how the current, one-size-must-fit-all public education system in this state…

‘Districts of Innovation’ – Not much interest, not much innovation???

Charter Schools would work MUCH better! As I blogged a few days ago, there was a lot of hoopla several years ago when teachers union supporters in the Kentucky General Assembly passed an anti-charter school, bait-and-switch bill to create “Districts of Innovation” instead (House Bill 37, signed into law on April 11, 2012). At that…

District of Innovation moving at the pace of a tortoise

There was a lot of hoopla several years ago when teachers union supporters in the Kentucky General Assembly passed an anti-charter school, bait-and-switch bill to create “Districts of Innovation” instead (House Bill 37, enacted 2012). At that time, supporters of the bill claimed it would do just about everything good that charter schools were doing…

Stop Press! Kentucky social studies standards process on hold for public comments!

Less than a month after I posted my first blog critical of Kentucky’s plan to revise the state’s social studies standards, the Kentucky Department of Education has issued a news release announcing the process to change the state’s social studies standards is on hold until the public had a chance to provide input! According to…

Some REAL social studies standards Kentucky should look at

Regular readers know that I am concerned about a very inadequate proposal to revise Kentucky’s social studies standards. As Kentucky’s 2011 History Teacher of the Year Donnie Wilkerson points out, the proposed social studies standards are “devoid” of any substantive content. Numerous important things we would want all Kentucky children to know about, such as…

More fallout from big school system embezzlement scandal in Shelby County

The Sentinel-News from Shelby County reports that Shelby County schools Director of Finance Greg Murphy has stepped down from his position in the latest development following the discovery of the embezzlement of nearly $600,000 from the school district’s substitute teacher funds. The newspaper also reports that the person charged in this case, Benita Anglin, appeared…

What’s missing in Kentucky’s proposed social studies standards?

A WHOLE LOT! I’ve been looking through the state’s current Kentucky Core Academic Standards for social studies (online in this document along with all the other subject standards). I wanted to see what material currently required statewide in social studies courses isn’t even mentioned in the draft proposed standards that were presented to the Kentucky…