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…

Bluegrass Beacon: Union contracts squeeze school districts’ flexibility

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. Those who’ve convinced themselves that teachers’ union contracts don’t affect how flexible, innovative and ultimately successful school districts are in educating future generations also likely believe Russia colluded…

The Difference Between Qualitative and Quantitative Education Research

Or, what’s wrong with education research? Here at BIPPS we have written on many occasions about the poor quality of much of education research and how the smoke screen from this bad research renders the best performing education programs virtually unknown to most educators. Among other reports on the education research quality issue, we’ve pointed…

News Release – JCPS-union contract: ‘Business as usual will mean failure as usual’

(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) – The Bluegrass Institute will be watching closely to see whether a new collective bargaining agreement between the Jefferson County Public Schools and its teachers’ union reinforces the failure that’s left thousands of low-income, minority and special-needs children behind for decades, or whether there will be substantive changes in the contract that result…

Bluegrass Institute supports pastors’ coalition in calling for state Intervention in Jefferson County Public Schools

Too much of the discussion regarding the failure of Kentucky’s public-education system to prepare most of its students to succeed in the 21st century is based on addressing the wishes of the system’s adults rather than the needs of its students. However, that public education system does not exist for the benefit of the adults.…

Bluegrass Beacon: Abuse cover-up seals deal for JCPS takeover

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. If it wasn’t obvious before, then recent reports of very young children being abused in the Jefferson County Public Schools’ Head Start program absolutely must seal the deal…