Bluegrass Institute CEO: Poor, minority Ky. students being denied a seat at the Table of Opportunity

(ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky.) — Bluegrass Institute president and CEO Jim Waters will explain why the first and only free-market think tank in Kentucky is supporting outside intervention in the Jefferson County Public Schools and other statewide education reforms. When: Saturday, June 16, 2018 @ 1 pm  Where: Take Back Kentucky meeting, Family Buffet, 121 Towne Drive, Elizabethtown Who: Open to the public and…

Good news for kids: JCPS board still hasn’t signed a union contract

The Jefferson County Public Schools Board of Education at a meeting Tuesday night at the VanHoose Education Center took no action on renewing its collective bargaining agreement with the district’s teachers’ union. Bluegrass Institute president and CEO Jim Waters (second from right) and Kentucky Pastors in Action Coalition leaders, including Pastors Roland Brown (far left)…

Why do our schools consistently avoid the most successful teaching approach of all – The JCPS example

Here we go again. A new Tweet says Jefferson County Public Schools apparently announced tonight that it is adopting a deeper learning program for all students. In doing that, the district turns its back on more than half a century of research that shows another approach, Direct Instruction, is better for disadvantaged kids. Note, as…

KY Education Commissioner Lewis clearly and simply outlines the issues with the pending takeover of JCPS

One of the clearest presentations yet of the issues involved with the recommendation for Kentucky to take over the ailing Jefferson County Public School District (JCPS) was recently made by Interim Commissioner of Education Wayne Lewis on the KET Connections show with Renee Shaw. Click the link below to hear this informative, fact-based discussion that…

Will the JCPS plan to pull former Head Start kids into its other, state-funded preschool program lead to violation of state law?

Multiple media outlets in the Louisville area have reported on recent actions by the Jefferson County Board of Education to drop its $15 million federal grant and back away from operating the Head Start preschool program in Louisville. The board also voted to move those Head Start preschoolers over to the district’s separate, state-funded preschool…

KY Higher Ed Chief: KERA needs major revisions

Stands in the way of progress in Kentucky’s schools Echoes BIPPS concerns Bob King, President of Kentucky’s Council on Postsecondary Education, attended his last meeting of the Kentucky Board of Education on Wednesday, and, setting aside his prepared remarks, he wound up delivering a retirement call to arms, calling for major revisions to Kentucky’s education…

Father of boy whose legs were broken at school calls for JCPS takeover

Meanwhile, more questionable statistics for the district continue to pile up As the Kentucky Board of Education prepares to hear an appeal of a recommendation from Kentucky Commissioner of Education Wayne Lewis for a state takeover of the troubled Jefferson County Public School System (JCPS), multiple sources such as the Courier-Journal report that the “Father…