School opening in Kentucky – Still lots of questions with few answers

The July 20, 2020 edition of KET’s Kentucky Tonight was totally dedicated to the issues and challenges Kentucky’s public school system faces as it struggles to configure a fall learning season. Will schools open normally in person? Will schools use a blend of in person and distance learning, now being called Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) by…

Court affirms small program, fuels national movement

After the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that Montana cannot keep parents from using tax-credit scholarships to enroll children in religious schools, anti-school-choice opponents responded in apocalyptic fashion. Justice Sonia Sotomayor branded the ruling “perverse” while teachers’-union darling Diane Ravitch lamented about how “the future of public education hangs in the balance.” All this over…

K to 12 talks about doing distance learning, but why aren’t people checking out Kentucky’s own, 15-year-old distance learning program?

It’s a mystery to me. As Kentucky’s K to 12 education system wrestles with the challenges of putting together a full academic year of online learning in case the COVID Virus makes in-person student attendance at schools impossible, a major, long-running Kentucky source of knowledge about how to do year-long distance seems to be known…

Another Kentucky School Report Card Issue – Just try following the money

I wrote previously about some problems with the Kentucky School Report Cards. One issue surfaced when I linked to a different page in a school’s report. Suddenly, the school for which the data was being reported changed without warning. I also discussed the misleading nature of bar graphs on one of the report card’s sub-pages.…

Where does this JCPS funding claim come from?

And, is an important source being largely overlooked? A little while ago, Olivia Krauth, an education reporter at the Courier-Journal, posted this curious Tweet: Federal funding makes up a whopping *checks notes* 0.5% of Kentucky’s largest district’s general fund. https://t.co/mrLdCZGThH — Olivia Krauth (@oliviakrauth) July 8, 2020 That 0.5% figure sure looked low to me,…