Value of Preschool? The debate widens with disturbing evidence from Tennessee

One of Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear’s priorities is to expand availability of preschool programs in the commonwealth. If there was good evidence that preschool really worked, I’d favor that. The sticky problem: persistent evidence from a huge number of studies on the federal Head Start preschool program that any benefits gained disappear by the third…

Associated Press: Minimum Wage Report Puts Democrats on Defensive

The harsh laws of economics honor no man, especially politicians. The Associated Press is reporting that a new report out from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that a federal proposal to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour would result in the loss of roughly 500,000 jobs across the nation by 2016.…

New evidence: Kentucky’s education system improving very slowly, at best

The Kentucky Department of Education released the 2013-14 school term results from the ACT, Inc.’s EXPLORE and PLAN readiness tests. These tests, which are given to eighth and tenth graders, respectively, near the beginning of each school year are aligned to the ACT college entrance test to give students a good idea if they are…

Are Kentucky’s Districts of Innovation as Good as Charter Schools?

Kentucky Tonight’s February 3, 2014 show was all about Charter Schools. The debate was cordial, but lively. Along the way, some “interesting” issues were raised. Around 10-1/2 minutes into the show, host Bill Goodman asked about the difference between charter schools and Kentucky’s “Districts of Innovation.” The Districts of Innovation bill (House Bill 37) was…

Legislator nonsense: we have excellent schools in Jefferson County, so no need for charter schools

Kentucky Tonight’s February 3, 2014 show was all about Charter Schools. The debate was lively, but cordial. Along the way, some pretty “interesting” comments were made, some revealing a remarkable lack of understanding of the real level of educational performance in this state. One of those “interesting” comments came around six minutes into the show…

In the, it’s-lousy-weather-and-you-need-a-laugh, area

On February 1, 2014 the Kentucky Enquirer ran “OPINION: Common Core foes shortsighted.” Almost all of the people who signed this not very well informed slap at Common Core critics are major business CEOs from Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky. Today, Education Week’s Marketplace K-12 ran “Business Leaders Lack Knowledge About K-12 Education, Superintendents Say.” The EdWeek…