Brookings Institution report: Kentucky lags in engineering, technical talent

A new report from the respected Brookings Institution focuses on economic well-being related to manufacturing growth potential in the Bluegrass region, specifically the “Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement,” or BEAM region. This region includes counties in Indiana near Louisville along with Jefferson County and its surrounding counties and other counties running east to Lexington. In “Seizing…

More Cracks in the Core: Massachusetts Halts Common Core Implementation

Heritage Foundation’s blog is reporting the Massachusetts Board of Education “decided to delay implementation (of the Common Core State Standards) for two years while it compares the Common Core aligned Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests to their existing—and widely praised—Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) exam.” Massachusetts’ former standards and…

Superintendent abused system for 15 years!

And, the “system” never caught it! Several years ago, the Bluegrass Institute started warning the citizens of Kentucky that oversight of the public school district superintendents in Kentucky was highly problematic. Local boards of education in too many cases were handing out annual superintendent evaluations that just didn’t jibe with the performance in their school…

How NOT To Argue with Parents About Common Core: Michelle Malkin

One of the biggest issues to surface during on-going discussions about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) has been a growing tendency for public officials and other standards supporters to avoid thoughtful discussions about valid concerns. Instead, officials are engaging in personal attacks and ridicule for parents and…

Kentucky parent sues to block Common Core State Standards

Kentucky taxpayer, citizen and parent David Adams has filed a lawsuit in Franklin Circuit Court charging there was “illegal acceptance of Common Core State Standards and forbidding any continued action relating to same until such time as specific legislative approval is granted.” Parties being sued by Adams include: 1. Steve Beshear, Governor of the Commonwealth…