Radical education ideas didn’t translate into better education
Charter schools provided the evidence
During the past presidential campaign, now President Obama relied on Stanford school of education guru Linda Darling-Hammond as his advisor on education matters. Ms. Darling-Hammond has been at the forefront of radical education reform for many years.
Among other things, Ms. Darling-Hammond was instrumental in forming the Stanford New School, a California charter that would showcase all the thinking from the Stanford School of Education.
Many educators thought that, surely, this would be a winner of a school.
It has not turned out that way.
Now, due to low student performance, Education News reports that the Stanford New School’s charter will not be renewed.
While this clearly shows that radical education ideas, many still favored by some educators here in Kentucky, don’t pan out well, it does not show that the charter school concept is wrong. Far from it!
In fact, this is a great example that charter schools can provide compelling information on what does, and does not, work in real practice. All those Stanford School of Ed theories just collided with reality, and we get to benefit from the knowledge precisely because California does have charter schools where such practical examples can be worked out.
Once again, the Kentucky General Assembly failed in its constitutional duty of passing a balanced budget within the allotted 60-day legislative session.
In other words, lawmakers failed to do their job — especially the House leadership which held the budget process hostage in an attempt to increase the state’s bonded indebtedness by $1.2 billion. Kudos to the state Senate for refusing to go along with such a plan considering we’re in a lingering recession with high unemployment rates (10.7 percent at latest count).
It was almost comical watching Gov. Steve Beshear talk about how he is “disgusted” that the Legislature didn’t do its job.
What about Beshear’s failure to propose a balanced budget in good faith by including $780 million in gambling revenue when there was no possibility that the legislature was going to expand gambling or that the revenue would be immediately available for politicians to do what they enjoy the most — spending someone else’s (you taxpayers’) hard-earned money?
Voters should be “disgusted” about the governor’s shenanigans, too.
Last year, The Bluegrass Institute’s FreedomKentucky.org conducted a vast number of open records requests as part of a transparency campaign. The focus was primarily on school districts and cities and obtaining their budgets and check book registers. You can view the results of that effort here.
Now we want your input!
Drop us a line, either by email or as a comment here, and let us know what information you’re interested in obtaining through open records requests. Transparency is the first step toward accountability and the Kentucky Open Records Act is one of the best transparency tools we have available to us.
Are you interested in…
- School district check regisiters?
- Travel expenses?
- The purpose and progress of various task forces?
- The public pension system?
Remember, it’s your government. Let’s find out what is really happening! Give us your input!
Citizens Against Government Waste has released it’s 2010 “Pig Book”, a study on pork spending projects in Congress. Here, you can view a sortable database of the projects as well as download the .pdf of the booklet. Also available are the archives of previous pig books.
Take a look! See what Congress is doing!
Be sure to check out FreedomKentucky’s spending database, too!