You can now hear the entire exchange between Kentucky Tonight show host Bill Goodman and Representative Carl Rollins and Senator Gerald Neal as they discuss what is REALLY in a report that Rollins has been citing to support his claim that charter schools don’t work.
The pertinent comments begin at 32 minutes and 28 seconds into the video.
First, Rep. Rollins cites the same numbers, again. Then, at 34 minutes and 19 seconds, Sen. Neal says the Stanford study is the best out there.
Finally, at 34 minutes and 33 seconds, Host Goodman starts to do some real education. The lesson is short and simple.
By 35 minutes and 29 seconds, Rep. Rollins admits he now isn’t sure about what is in the CREDO report.
Then, Goodman asks Rep. Rollins the question I raised: since the CREDO study doesn’t support his assertion that charters don’t work, would Rollins be willing to hear bills on charter schools?
Sadly, instead of providing a direct answer, Rep. Rollins changes the subject to another bill that does not come close to providing Kentucky what charter legislation would.
Hopefully, as Rep. Rollins has more time to consider the real evidence – instead of relying on what teachers union people are telling him – he will come to realize that Kentucky’s children can benefit in a number of ways if we get real charter schools in this state. That is what is happening in 40 other states that already have charters.