Legislators file lawsuit to drop Common Core State Standards in Louisiana

Say adoption process violated state laws The Advocate reports: “The challenge, which was filed in the 19th Judicial District Court, contends that the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and the state Department of Education failed to follow the Administrative Procedures Act, which critics say was a required step that would have allowed crucial…

Will the union further control and water down Kentucky’s teacher discipline procedures?

With the brouhaha over improper testing activities at Louisville’s Male High School now headed to the Kentucky Educational Professional Standards Board (EPSB), I wondered if any initial action by that board might be planned for its next meeting on July 20-21, 2014. So, I checked out the agenda book for the meeting, which recently showed…

Oklahoma Supreme Court says legislature, not state board of education, has final word on Common Core

In a breathtakingly short four hours, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that state’s board of education can forget its arrogant idea that they trump the Oklahoma Legislature on important education decisions. As Joy Pullmann at the Heartland Institute reports, “The board of education argued the legislature has no constitutional right to determine public school curriculum…

Bizarre staff cheating scandal in Louisville’s prestigious Male High School gets more serious

Details of the earlier announced school staff cheating during ACT COMPASS testing at Louisville’s prestigious Male High School continue to dribble out as authorities slowly release more information to the public. In the latest news, action from Frankfort – not Louisville’s school district leadership – puts education credentials for three Male staff members’ on the…

Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA) says someday school money will follow the child to whatever school they choose to attend

KSBA spokesman Brad Hughes, whose organization represents interests of traditional school districts in Kentucky, recently wrote some common sense about traditional public schools and the growing movement for school choice: “Americans like to choose and ‘choice is a new American value. How can we bring this flexibility to all public schools? The day will come…