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…

City blocks choice schools from using vacant buildings

Anti-choice zealots would rather force taxpayers to ante up $1.4 million each year to maintain empty buildings than allow students in high-quality schools of choice from using them The Wall Street Journal recently reported on the extremes to which Milwaukee’s leftist bureaucrats and educational labor-union bosses go to keep high-performing private and charter schools from…

Bluegrass Beacon: Half-baked science standards dim STEM career tracks

Legislation introduced in the Kentucky General Assembly would eliminate the controversial Next Generation Science Standards. Like much state government does, noble intentions accompany these standards. After all, I’ve been calling for more rigorous education standards since starting this column seven years ago. High-performing public schools, including charter and private schools, consistently demonstrate that students’ academic…