The Kentucky School News and Commentary Blog has an article “The Commish Tells It Like It Is” based on an Op-Ed from Business First in Louisville. The Op-Ed is written by Kentucky Commissioner of Education Jon Draud. In his doom and gloom piece, Draud once again makes an erroneous attribution for bogus data. He claims the US Census Bureau says Kentucky ranked dead last for education funding in the 2003-04 school year.
That bogus ranking actually comes from a report from the National Education Association – not exactly an unbiased source, and certainly not in the same league as the US Census Bureau.
If you want to see real US Census Bureau state education fiscal rankings, look at Tables 11 and 12 in the latest “Public Education Finances” which IS a report from the US Census Bureau. You won’t find Kentucky ranking last anywhere in this real Census Bureau analysis.
Does anyone know what our teachers do to kids who make false citations in a paper? It apparently does not work for our Department of Education, unfortunately. I’ve been through this “it isn’t from the US Census” discussion with the department before, but as of the August 8 edition of Business First, the lesson that it’s not nice to mislead the public apparently has not taken.