Why Charter Schools?

“Millions of students across America,” and thousands right here in Kentucky, “are not getting the education they deserve.” In the new Bluegrass Institute report, “Kentucky’s ‘Unbridled Learning,’ Unrigorous School Accountability for African-American Students?,” we provide dramatic evidence of schools in the Bluegrass State where whites or blacks are being solidly left behind in mathematics. In…

‘Too much of the public education dollars don’t make it to the people who are on the front lines, the classroom teachers’

CN|2’s Ryan Alessi recently interviewed James Comer (R), Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture, about budget issues in the now open Kentucky legislative session, and Comer was quick to point to a major push for funding changes in education. However, Comer didn’t call for more revenue. Instead, he pointed out that a lot of our education dollars…

Bluegrass Beacon: Locals know best how to spend education dollars

Critics of education-reform proposals that empower parents with school choice and lessen the bureaucracy’s control often scold: “Leave education to the experts. They know best.” Does this mandate also apply to education spending? Leon Smith, Russellville Independent Schools’ superintendent, told Bowling Green Daily News education reporter Chuck Mason that he was forced to forego a…

Is Unbridled Learning becoming a bad ride for students?

The final Unbridled Learning accountability classifications for Kentucky’s public schools were released on September 27, 2013. That September release was already very late. Under the score reporting provisions of Senate Bill 1 from the Kentucky 2009 Regular Legislative Session: “Beginning with the 2012-2013 school year, the reporting requirement in this subsection shall be no later…