No charter school rally today

The rally to show support for a proposal to bring charter schools to Kentucky originally planned for today has been cancelled. Instead, charter school supporters will meet with their legislators to show their support for a proposal to create a pilot program of 20 charter schools in Kentucky, with at least half of those schools…

Atlanta Journal-Constitution infers schools nationwide may be cheating on state assessments

Yesterday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) took a huge swipe at the credibility of public school educators all across the nation. Based on its own research of state testing results from all 50 states and somewhere between 69,000 to 70,000 individual public schools, the newspaper has identified 200 school districts across the nation where the pattern…

GEAR-UP Kentucky schools announced

A third round of GEAR-UP Kentucky schools has been announced by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. GEAR-UP Kentucky – Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs – is a federally funded program to increase college and career readiness among some of the state’s more economically challenged public school students. It works on changing…

New high school graduation study provides still more evidence: Minimum Age 18 for dropping out does not matter

A new study from the America’s Promise Alliance and several other organizations discusses states that were leaders and laggards in high school graduation rate trends between 2002 and 2009. The report’s listing of those leaders and laggards is interesting. This first table shows data for the states that America’s Promise say had the biggest high…