Not spending money on school textbooks might be a good thing right now

An Education Week Digital Education Blog is likely to cause some timber shaking in the education world. EdWeek says two individuals doing research on the real alignment between currently available textbooks and the Common Core State Standards say “Claims from publishers that traditional instructional materials are aligned to Common Core State Standards are largely a…

National Education Association slams Common Core State Standards process

An educational Tsunami took place yesterday when Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association (NEA), published an online letter to his union’s three million members slamming the current direction of the Common Core State Standards. Van Roekel is reacting to overwhelming pushback from his own rank and file union members about the increasingly…

Innes to talk about Priority Schools at Louisville 912 meeting

BIPPS’ Richard Innes will discuss education in some of Jefferson County Public Schools most troubled schools and what can be done to improve them. These schools, currently classified as “Priority Schools,” were initially called “Persistently Low-Achieving Schools.” Priority Schools are among the very lowest performing schools in the entire state of Kentucky, and Jefferson County…

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…