How’s that, again? UK prof who fabricated research now teaches at a local school?

I had to read this one twice. According to a December 17, 2012 article in The Scientist a University of Kentucky (UK) biomedical researcher: “…was discovered to have falsified or fabricated 45 figures over the course of 10 years.” That research related to cardiovascular disease and diabetes and was supposedly based on using special experimental…

Scholarly Wisdom from the Board of Scholars

“The Other America” Is “Coming Apart”  by Eric Shansberg, Ph.D. Published 50 years ago, Michael Harrington’s The Other America provided a sweeping description of poverty in the United States. His book is given credit for awakening the nation to the plight of the poor and forwarding the idea that the federal government should become heavily…

Education Data Security in Kentucky

The proliferation of computer-based databases operated by Kentucky’s public school system has been very extensive, and these databases contain a large amount of sensitive information on students, parents and school employees. Examples of that sensitive information include: social security numbers, test scores, eligibility for free and reduced cost lunch, salaries, teacher evaluation materials, health conditions…

Prichard pushes the numbers too far, again, Part 2

In any state-to-state education comparison, student demographics matter In its zeal to portray Kentucky’s public education system in the best possible light, the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence has issued a 2012 update to its on-going “Top 20 by 2020” reports. But, Prichard still doesn’t get this right. Prichard simply ignores advice, readily available in…

WAVE-3 TV covers release of our new report on Blacks Still Falling Through Gaps

Reporters were out in force yesterday for the Bluegrass Institute and Black Alliance for Educational Options press conference were we released our updated report on black versus white achievement gaps in Louisville’s schools. Catch the press coverage here. wave3.com-Louisville News, Weather Read the accompanying text story. Our new report, “Blacks Still Falling Through Gaps, the…

Prichard pushes the numbers too far, again, Part 1

In its zeal to portray Kentucky’s public education system in the best possible light, the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence has issued a 2012 update to its on-going “Top 20 by 2020” reports. But, Prichard still doesn’t get this right. Prichard simply ignores advice, readily available in all federal National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)…