Are Kentucky’s Districts of Innovation as Good as Charter Schools?

Kentucky Tonight’s February 3, 2014 show was all about Charter Schools. The debate was cordial, but lively. Along the way, some “interesting” issues were raised. Around 10-1/2 minutes into the show, host Bill Goodman asked about the difference between charter schools and Kentucky’s “Districts of Innovation.” The Districts of Innovation bill (House Bill 37) was…

Legislator nonsense: we have excellent schools in Jefferson County, so no need for charter schools

Kentucky Tonight’s February 3, 2014 show was all about Charter Schools. The debate was lively, but cordial. Along the way, some pretty “interesting” comments were made, some revealing a remarkable lack of understanding of the real level of educational performance in this state. One of those “interesting” comments came around six minutes into the show…

In the, it’s-lousy-weather-and-you-need-a-laugh, area

On February 1, 2014 the Kentucky Enquirer ran “OPINION: Common Core foes shortsighted.” Almost all of the people who signed this not very well informed slap at Common Core critics are major business CEOs from Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky. Today, Education Week’s Marketplace K-12 ran “Business Leaders Lack Knowledge About K-12 Education, Superintendents Say.” The EdWeek…

State School Board about to get misled about Priority (Persistently Low-Achieving) Schools

We used to call them “Persistently Low-Achieving Schools,” but that sounded too negative. So, the state’s educators renamed them “Priority Schools” when Kentucky got its waiver from No Child Left Behind (NCLB). They are still the same schools, and for sure they need close tracking. After all, they were the bottom 5-percent performers in Kentucky…

Kentucky drops out of Common Core testing group – Part 2

Is this related to testing problems? A January 31, 2014 letter from Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and the state’s education leaders again focuses national attention on the Bluegrass State’s implementation headaches with the Common Core State Standards. For sure, as the leading state for Common Core implementation, headaches here are better developed than anywhere else…

Kentucky drops out of Common Core testing group – Part 1

Nation’s eyes again focus on Kentucky’s issues regarding Common Core State Standards A January 31, 2014 letter from Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and the state’s education leaders is again focusing national attention on the Bluegrass State’s implementation headaches with the Common Core State Standards. National attention to Beshear’s letter came quickly. Education Week posted an…