BIPPS analyst Richard Innes talks education on KET’s Kentucky Tonight … tonight!

Join Bluegrass Institute Staff Education Analyst Richard Innes on KET’s Kentucky Tonight at 8 pm (EDT) … tonight! Innes joins host Renee Shaw and a panel of guests, including Brigitte Blom Ramsey, executive director of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excllence, Stephanie Winkler, president of the Kentucky Education Association, and Steven Gordon, associate fellow at…

It’s Legal: Puerto Rico students and parents get more school choice because its about aid to needy families, not schools

The American Federation for Children reports the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico just issued a ruling that their hurricane-ravaged island’s new law expanding charter schools and vouchers to private schools is legal and constitutional. This throws cold water on a Puerto Rican teachers’ union effort to have the new school choice law declared unconstitutional. The…

Financial Literacy – It’s hard to teach if kids don’t understand math

A new article in Kentucky Forward talks about “Pew Trusts: It’s hard to manage your credit when you’ve never been taught about ‘interest.’” The article mentions a new Kentucky law that will finally require our schools to teach students something about credit and finances – beginning in 2020 – but that comes awfully slowly since…

Bluegrass Beacon: Charter opponents don’t have New Orleans to kick around anymore

Editor’s note: The Bluegrass Beacon is a weekly syndicated statewide newspaper column posted on the Bluegrass Institute’s website after being released to and published by newspapers statewide. Following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, state education leaders in Louisiana decided to take over and rebuild the shattered New Orleans public school infrastructure using charter…

Educators complain about education spending, but do they even know how much they’re getting?

Education financials are all over the map Across the country we hear strident complaints from teachers and other educators about supposed under-funding of the nation’s public education system. Supposedly, funding is lower now than it was back in 2008 before the Great Recession started. The latest entrant in the “we demand more dollars” fray is…