Former KY school finance officer gets 5-years in prison for stealing money from schools

WTVQ-36 in Lexington reports that former Franklin County school district finance employee Lesley Wade has now been sentenced to five years in federal prison for the embezzlement of $1.6 million over the period from 2011 to 2019. The case raises several points that Kentucky’s legislators need to consider. 1) Wade was not tripped up by…

Quote of the Day – The Atlantic Also Bemoans the Mess with Social Studies

“It’s clear that something has to change when only one-third of Americans can name all three branches of government; when only 23 percent know the First Amendment supports freedom of religion; and when students think President Abraham Lincoln’s significance can be traced back to his beard.” Jen Kalaidis, “Bring Back Social Studies,” The Atlantic, September…

Quote of the Day – Teaching History’s Been in Decline for Decades

“If knowledge of the past is in fact relevant to our ability to understand the present and to exercise freedom of mind – as totalitarian societies, both real and fictional, acknowledge by stringently controlling what may be studied or published – then there is cause for concern about many Americans’ sense of history.” Diane Ravitch,…

Bluegrass Institute supports former state education board members’ request to recall, revise social studies standards

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, September 30, 2020 Most former Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) members who approved the commonwealth’s current social studies standards in February 2019 now acknowledge they’re highly problematic and should be recalled, revised and further developed. A letter to state lawmakers on the Interim Joint Committee on Education and co-chairs of the…

Quote of the Day – Bad Teaching Is Tearing America Apart

“Mr. Hirsch also takes issue with grade schools’ focus on ‘skills.’ Whether it is imparting ‘critical thinking skills,’ ‘communication skills’ or ‘problem-solving skills,’ he says such instruction is a waste of time in the absence of specific knowledge.” Quote from “Bad Teaching Is Tearing America Apart” by Naomi Schaefer Riley in the Wall Street Journal,…

Preparation to teach reading for Kentucky’s elementary teachers is weak

We’ve talked before about data from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) regarding the quality of reading preparation programs in Kentucky. But, some new information has now caught our attention that adds more concerns that the Bluegrass State isn’t doing a good job of preparing elementary school teachers to teach this critical subject. Per…

News Release: Kentucky Pastors Coalition endorses ‘School Choice Now Act’

For Immediate Release: August 14, 2020 (LOUISVILLE, Ky.) – – The Kentucky Pastors in Action Coalition (KPAC), a faith-driven alliance of Black pastors dedicated to being the voice for raising the quality of education in Kentucky, have endorsed the School Choice Now Act recently introduced in the United States Senate. The legislation would give families…

Quote of the Day – Kentucky teachers – kind of novices with virtual instruction

Union head says so “Brent McKim, president of the Jefferson County Teachers’ Association, pointed out that aside from the experience they gained in the spring, most teachers in the Commonwealth are ‘kind of novice’ at virtual instruction.” Quote from Kentucky Department of Education Advisory 20-245 (not yet online – will update with link when available)…