King Tut’s tomb may have been found in near-perfect condition. But it’s obvious from the research: Kentucky’s education system isn’t ready for such an inspection.
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Operation: Open Records 2010 continues with some amusing results.
I received a letter this morning from a nice group of attorneys representing Grant County Public Schools. I requested the criteria used to evaluate their superintendent and a copy of the most recent superintendent evaluation. Here’s the letter I received in response…
Now, really? Come on.
Is this transparency in public education and is this the best way to spend taxpayer money?
Recently the Bluegrass Institute hosted an event with author John Blundell. Blundell is a biographer and confidant to former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. In this discussion he provides a description of her life, a look at her policies, and some insight to how she would operate in today’s political climate.
Fayette County: Pay attention!
Bluegrass Institute’s syndicated columnist Jim Waters’ latest column discusses how talk without effective action still leaves black students at the back of the education bus in Kentucky.
Jim’s article focuses on Louisville, where only 22 percent of the black high school students were proficient in math in 2009 Kentucky Core Content Tests (KCCT).
But, don’t go getting smug on us, Fayette County.
Your high schools do an even worse job for blacks in high school, as this table shows.
With some impressive resources like both UK and Transylvania University that could be tapped right there in town, how does Lexington get itself into such a position compared to Louisville?
This is also a great example of how Louisville isn’t the only place in Kentucky that could benefit from some school choice options like charter schools. Charters, as we have pointed out before, do a great job for minority kids.
Yesterday, I discussed the fact that new high school graduation rate data from Education Week shows that Kentucky’s “official” graduation rate for the Class of 2007 is more than 10 points higher than the rate Education Week is estimating (based on a more accurate formula than Kentucky currently uses).
Today, let’s examine graduation rates for whites and blacks in Kentucky and the Nation. This data comes from a table in the EdWeek report titled “Progress on Graduation Rate Stalls.”
Note that Kentucky’s whites, who make up about 85 percent of our student population, fare notably worse in graduating than their peers nationally. The state’s blacks do a lot better than blacks elsewhere, however.
According to statute, terms of service for the majority of the 11 members of the Kentucky Board of Education expired in April. However, Governor Steve Beshear has yet to name the seven replacements.
The governor could rename existing members or select new faces. The character of the board could change radically as a result.
Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh discusses the issues in a recent text and linked audio podcast here.
Although statute says most of the current board’s members’ terms have expired, they are continuing to serve until replaced based on a Kentucky Attorney General’s opinion [1991 WL 533812 (Ky. A.G.)] that dates back to 1991. That opinion actually concerns another type of board vacancy for a local planning and zoning commission and actually draws from a legal opinion from South Carolina, as no Kentucky case law seems to exist in this area.
The Attorney General’s opinion has not been examined by a Kentucky court.
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