Jefferson County Schools could benefit from what is happening in Boston’s charter schools

A new report on the superior performance of Boston’s charter schools got me thinking about a comparison with Kentucky’s Jefferson County Public Schools. Both Boston and Jefferson County are large, city-based school systems, but I honestly thought the student demographics in Boston would give that city a notable advantage over the Louisville area schools in…

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…