State school board told most low-performing schools not turning around

The subject of Kentucky’s Persistently Low-Achieving Schools (PLAs) – which have been euphemistically renamed “Priority Schools” – came up in yesterday’s meeting of the Kentucky Board of Education. I am still sifting through a large amount of information that was presented, but the overall summation of this expensive program is disappointing. Kentucky Department of Education…

Age 18 parent survey???

I’m starting to hear some doubts about the recent survey of parents that supposedly says something like 85 percent of Kentuckians would like to see a minimum dropout age of 18 in Kentucky. Some of those concerns involve this graphic, which supposedly shows educational backgrounds of the parents surveyed. Aside from some obvious graphing errors…

Attracting Quality Instructors: Exit interview with Billy Harper: Part 4

The Bluegrass Institute recently sat down to talk about public education in Kentucky with Billy Harper, who recently completed a four-year term on the Kentucky Board of Education In this fourth segment, he talks about how better utilizing Kentucky’s alternative certification process for attracting quality instructors could help address the lack of science and math teachers. He also…