“Christmas is a time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it. Deficits are when adults tell the government what they want and their kids pay for it.” — former Colorado Gov. Richard Lamm
How about if these gentlemen start by discussing in detail the impact on Kentucky citizens and businesses of proposed health care language, proposed cap and trade language, and proposed employee free-choice language? The key words are “in detail” and “impact.”
A real battle is going on in this country. Partisanship is rampant. Liberty and freedom are under siege. Words and promises never meant less.
Do we have someone in this race with the integrity, courage and pride in America demonstrated in “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington”?
Let’s hope so. Our country is at risk … and the nation is watching Kentucky.
– Yeah, Right!
I was really surprised by this one. A new report from the National Association for Gifted Children actually says, “In the 21 states that reported data, the percent of students identified as gifted ranges from less than 2% in Utah and West Virginia to over 25% in Kentucky.”
How’s that again?
Here is a graph from the report, with my added highlight about Kentucky being that special, on-the-top state.
In fact, the vast majority of the 21 states with data identify a far lower proportion of their students – at least 10 points lower – as gifted than we do in Kentucky.
Something definitely looks wrong here! Kentucky’s educators must be seriously over-identifying kids in this program.
Educators are quick to forget the past, but the rest of us sometimes have better memories.
A new Gates education grant to the Pittsburgh public school system has the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ‘going back in time’ to discuss a similar, large grant the district got in 1988. That effort just didn’t pan out.
This time, Gates is pushing better teacher training, apparently for working teachers, with a new teachers’ academy and merit pay for teachers who produce. Teachers are unquestionably the key, but it remains to be seen if the Gates-financed implementation of these new ideas in Pittsburgh will overcome calcified enthusiasm of the teaching corps in that city.
I wrote yesterday about the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation awarding a $10 million grant to charter schools in Houston.
Now, a consortium of charter schools in the Los Angeles area is getting a whole lot more than that, $60 million to be exact, to develop data oriented teacher evaluation programs that will rely, in part, on test results for students.
This is the kind of forward-thinking “stuff” that you can do quickly with charter school flexibility. Gates knows that.
Meanwhile, Kentucky has nothing like this.
Why does a state that likes to pride itself on education innovation continue to opt out of one of the most promising developments in school reform ever? Are the best interests of Kentucky’s students really going to be forever subordinated to the self interests of a few teachers’ union people?
Let’s hope that gets changed when the legislature comes to Frankfort in January. Our kids deserve a better deal. And, Bill Gates and company apparently understand where that better deal may lie.