Jim Waters of the Bluegrass Institute took part in a panel discussion about United States’ debt problems on Monday night’s ‘Kentucky Tonight’.
You can watch the full discussion here.
In the aftermath of the huge cheating scandal in Atlanta’s public schools – where educators, not students, stepped over the line – the Kentucky Department of Education is getting very proactive to preclude similar problems on Kentucky’s new assessments. Those new assessments go into use in the spring of this coming school term.
According to a Kentucky School Boards Association news release, the state is going to have the contractor for the new assessments employ forensic detection systems to spot cheating. There will also be a test security audit to find out if there are any loopholes in the testing program. Other actions will also be taken, including continued required briefing of staff about inappropriate conduct.
By the way, forensic detection already may have played a part in confirming the ACT college entrance test cheating scandal in the Perry County Public School District. School staff members involved in that improper activity are still under investigation. Perhaps we will see action concerning those individuals soon.
So, as we approach the start of a new school year, any Kentucky teachers and school leaders who might be contemplating inappropriate actions to boost test scores would be wise to take on a new-school-year’s resolution: Don’t!
Your career and reputation isn’t worth it.
Your students deserve better examples.
And, the odds are going up that you will get caught!
The Wall Street Journal recently published a great discussion about free market solutions to pressing education problems. The video also dispels a lot of myths about school choice.
The power of choice is amazing.
Click here to see 10 reasons why Kentucky’s children deserve school choice!
Jim Waters, vice president of policy and communications for the Bluegrass Institute, Kentucky’s free-market think tank, addresses the debt-ceiling controversy tonight on KET’s Kentucky Tonight at 8 p.m. (EDT)
Click here to watch last week’s show on the issue. Panelists included Kathy Gornik, chairman of the Bluegrass Institute board of directors.
Waters will be joined by WKU economics professor Brian Strow, Kentucky AFL-CIO president Bill Londrigan and UK economics professor Ken Troske.
Bill Goodman hosts the hour-long, award-winning public affairs program, which is replayed at 2 a.m. on Wednesdays.
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