US (still) spends more on education than any other nation

No surprise, but a new report from the Associated Press (picked up by Education Week) says: • “The United States spends more than other developed nations on its students’ education each year…” • “When researchers factored in the cost for programs after high school education such as college or vocational training, the United States spent…

Another report inflates Kentucky’s education progress

A new report from Education Sector Reports, “The New State Achievement Gap: How Federal Waivers Could Make It Worse—Or Better,” makes some pretty glowing comments about Kentucky’s educational progress between 2003 and 2011 on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Naturally, without pausing for any reflection, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) jumped all…

African-American pastors: JCPS means Just Caucasian Pupils Succeed!

Demanding to make the contract negotiations between the teachers’ union and the Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) more open to the public, African-American pastors in Louisville have made it very clear – they are totally fed up with the school district’s endemic under-performance for children of color. WDRB 41 Louisville – News, Weather, Sports Community…

One-size-fits-every-state education mandates just the latest federal education fiasco

The latest threat to our rights as Kentucky parents to educate our children in ways that best fit each child’s needs comes from a federally imposed, one-size-fits-every-state educational directive known as the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The program bills itself on its website as offering a “consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected…

Former Massachusetts Senate president recognizes Common Core is a step back for his state

The Boston Globe just ran an interesting Op-Ed from Tom Birmingham, the former head of the Massachusetts Senate. Birmingham discusses the new Common Core State Standards, which have replaced Massachusetts’ former very excellent public school education standards: “I also fear that universal high standards and objective assessments are being jettisoned in favor of a return…