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…

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…