New Report: Does Kentucky’s ‘Unbridled Learning’ school accountability program leave minorities behind?

  New Report: Does Kentucky’s ‘Unbridled Learning’ school accountability program leave minorities behind?   (LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — A new Bluegrass Institute report reveals evidence that Kentucky’s school accountability program provides inconsistent and sometimes unreliable assessments of school performance. The report, “Kentucky’s ‘Unbridled Learning,’ Unrigorous School Accountability for African-American Students?,” examines math performance for whites and African-American students in…

Taking liberty to the airwaves: BIPPS talks school choice today on Bardstown’s Brooks & Co. radio show

Join me today at 11 a.m. on the “Brooks & Company” radio show on Bardstown’s 1320 WBRT-AM. Listen live here. We’ll discuss the Bluegrass Institute’s upcoming “Free to Learn” debate series and why Kentucky needs school choice. The show, which airs each Tuesday from 11 a.m. to Noon, is hosted by Jim Brooks, editor of…

Brookings Institution report: Kentucky lags in engineering, technical talent

A new report from the respected Brookings Institution focuses on economic well-being related to manufacturing growth potential in the Bluegrass region, specifically the “Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement,” or BEAM region. This region includes counties in Indiana near Louisville along with Jefferson County and its surrounding counties and other counties running east to Lexington. In “Seizing…

More Cracks in the Core: Massachusetts Halts Common Core Implementation

Heritage Foundation’s blog is reporting the Massachusetts Board of Education “decided to delay implementation (of the Common Core State Standards) for two years while it compares the Common Core aligned Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests to their existing—and widely praised—Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) exam.” Massachusetts’ former standards and…

Going to bat for school choice would yield triple play for Kentucky’s students, school districts and taxpayers

In the early days, school-choice opponents frequently got away with baseless allegations that usually carried some variation of the following theme: public charter schools and private school voucher and tax-credit programs are radical ideas that harm traditional public schools and fail to offer their students a better education. Then the school-choice idea, which once was…

Superintendent abused system for 15 years!

And, the “system” never caught it! Several years ago, the Bluegrass Institute started warning the citizens of Kentucky that oversight of the public school district superintendents in Kentucky was highly problematic. Local boards of education in too many cases were handing out annual superintendent evaluations that just didn’t jibe with the performance in their school…