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The upcoming legislative session. A $31 billion unfunded public pension liability. An unsustainable Medicaid system. Kentucky’s costly, but ineffective, public education system. Kentucky’s battle with methamphetamine and prescription drugs.
There’s plenty to talk about on the bi-weekly Bluegrass Monday segment of The Mandy Connell Show on Louisville’s 84WHAS today from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. (eastern).
Listen in at 84whas.com.
The Mandy Connell Show airs weekdays from 9 a.m. to Noon.
I will also be speaking on Seven Pillars of Freedom at tonight’s Louisville 9/12 meeting at the Jeffersontown Library (7 p.m.) and at Tuesday’s meeting of the Tri-County Tea Party at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2416 Hwy 53 So. La Grange, Ky (7 p.m.)
I wrote yesterday about the trend to take New Orleans all the way to being a totally charter school district.
The same Times-Picayune’s on line article also mentions that only a few New Orleans high schools are not charter schools already.
That casts an important light on recent ACT college entrance test scores from the Louisiana Department of Education’s web site.
This graph shows the remarkable progress that is being made in Louisiana’s “Recovery School District” high schools in the Hurricane Katrina trashed part of the state. The 1.7 point increase in these scores since 2007 is remarkable, although the district needs to make much more improvement to be on track to getting most of its students ready for college and careers.
Still, to recover in this way after what happened in 2005 is encouraging.
Keep in mind, the Times-Picayune article says most of the high schools in this special school district are already charter schools. That kind of makes you want to try some charter schools in Kentucky, doesn’t it?
While in Kentucky debates drag on about whether to even allow charter schools in the state, down in Louisiana the big decision about charters isn’t whether or not to have them, but whether it is time to take New Orleans all the way to being a totally charter school district.
The Times-Picayune’s NOLA on line service has the details in “Recovery School District announces which schools it will charter next year.”
The newspaper writes:
“Taking New Orleans one step closer to complete charter management of its public schools, state officials said Tuesday they will convert the few remaining direct-run high schools and three more elementary schools to autonomous charters next year.”
Clearly, Louisiana and its largest city must be very pleased with the way charter schools are turning this traditionally education-thin state around.
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