New Bluegrass Institute report: Bang for the Buck 2012

(EMINENCE, Ky.) – A new Bluegrass Institute study ranking efficiency in Kentucky’s public schools confirms that the commonwealth’s students – even those from poor homes – can receive a better education in spite of current economic challenges that impact the state budget and education funding. “Bang for the Buck 2012: How efficient are Kentucky’s schools?”…

Jefferson County shows why simplistic analysis of scores doesn’t always work

To support a radio interview today with Bluegrass Institute’s President, Jim Waters, on WLLV in Louisville, I assembled some of the latest education statistics for Jefferson County (JeffCo) and Kentucky. The table below shows the most recently released score and graduation rate information from the Kentucky Department of Education’s web site, including the “Open House”…

Politics as usual in Louisville’s school board elections

WFPL reports “Teachers Union Could Spend Big on JCPS Board Endorsements.” What an understatement. In past years the Jefferson County Teachers Association (JCTA) made “independent expenditures” of over $100,000 a piece in support of individual candidates in the county’s school board races. There is nothing illegal in this, but such overwhelming financial support makes it…

Teachers union ‘desperate,’ resorts to race-baiting while 10,000 apply for vouchers

‘”When parents have more choices, the traditional status quo bureaucracy gets desperate. And desperate people do desperate things,” said Kevin Chavous, Black Alliance for Educational Options board member, in response to a tweet by the Bayou State’s teachers’ union yesterday that read: “Louisiana BAEO supports pro-KKK curriculum via vouchers.” Of course, as Chavous goes on…

High pay + poor performance = rejected contract

Question: What happens Brownsville, PA when the highest paid teachers in the state have some of the poorest performing schools? Answer: The school board flatly rejects the teachers’ union’s new contract proposal. From EAGnews.org: Brownsville Area School Board director Nena Kaminsky recently made headlines when she convinced her colleagues to reject a proposed teachers union contact, and told…