Not only has the 20-year-old KERA policy failed to improve Kentucky’s education system, credible research indicates proficiency rates are moving in the wrong direction.
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A recent Cato Institute study takes a look at the real cost of public education. This report points out that the true amount of taxpayer money that is being spent is being in public schools is being grossly misrepresented to the public. There are some truly alarming statistics in the report.
The report also points out that this is a nationwide problem. Here in Kentucky, we need accountability at all levels of government and that includes public school spending.
Does this seem like a government that serves the people? Hmm.
This ad is truly scary. The language and attitude of this reminds me of the scene in the Godfather where the mob threatens the movie producer and they end up cutting off the head of his prized horse and putting it in bed with him.
The concept of “Big Brother” is exemplified here.
Particularly for minorities
Senate Bill 130 from the 2006 regular legislative session brought 100 percent testing with the ACT college entrance test to all public school students in Kentucky. It is a far-reaching bill with great promise to help improve our schools.
Now, it looks like benefits are becoming apparent across the six states, including Kentucky, that have implemented similar testing programs. Diverse: Issues in Higher Education reports that scores for minority students are on the rise in the six states that currently test all students with the ACT.
I could smoke Pot
But I choose Not
Since my My Nannies in Washington say I Cannot!!
A toke or a toddy-
It’s my Damn Body!!
And What I put in it
Should be Up to Me!
How can this be? I am told I am FREE
But reason Tells me I am NOT.
— Poem by Donna Mancini
Charter schools could help if we just had them
There is an interesting tool in the Alliance for Excellent Education’s web site that allows you to quickly determine a graduation-rate-like figure for all the high schools in Kentucky.
I used it to see how many schools fall into the category that Johns Hopkins University researchers have defined as a ‘Dropout Factory,’ namely schools that have a Johns Hopkins Promoting Power Index (graduation rate) average below 60 percent.
Here is the list, based on data from the Alliance.
It’s time to start thinking about the kids in these miserably performing schools, for a change, instead of just mollifying the adults in them who continue to fail to educate children.
Also, after looking at the heavy representation of Jefferson County Public Schools in the list above, it is inexcusable that the pending charter school proposal from the Kentucky Department of Education would exempt Jefferson County altogether from charter school provisions.
Don’t forget, charter high schools in other states are having spectacular success with getting kids through to graduation. We pointed out some examples from North Carolina,
and Chicago before.
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