New school spending data released from KY Dept. of Ed. – But it doesn’t look right

The Kentucky Department of Education recently filled in the long-missing spending per student data in its Kentucky School Report Cards database for 2016-17, and it also recently posted the Revenue and Expenditure Report online for the same school year. But, as in the past, the numbers still don’t look right. In his weekly column, carried…

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

Editor’s note: The Bluegrass Beacon is a weekly syndicated statewide newspaper column posted on the Bluegrass Institute website after being released to and published by newspapers statewide. During the raging debate in recent years about whether Kentucky would join America’s education civilization by allowing charter schools, Ohio’s dismal charter performance became a favorite whipping boy…

Bluegrass Beacon: Time for an all-out offensive against failure

Editor’s note: The Bluegrass Beacon is a weekly syndicated statewide newspaper column posted on the Bluegrass Institute website after being released to and published by newspapers statewide. It’s often the coach who gets forced out even though it’s the players who lose games. Sometimes education commissioners resign under pressure, as Stephen Pruitt did, even though…

What the new NAEP tells us about DC’s Charter Schools

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results from late winter 2017 testing have finally been released, and one of the more interesting findings is how black charter school students in several large cities compare to their non-charter counterparts. I’ve already discussed Atlanta, Georgia and Cleveland, Ohio and now this blog looks at the District…

Kentucky Board of Education violated open meetings law

The state attorney general’s office ruled in response to a complaint filed by Louisville’s WDRB-TV News that the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) violated the Open Meetings Act when it met behind closed doors to discuss amending former Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt’s contract. The Bluegrass Institute Center for Open Government also noted that the April…

List of former JCPS leaders calling for state takeover grows

Insider Louisville just posted a rather interesting article that discusses two former Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) leaders now in the “fight for JCPS takeover.” The first individual is Tom Hudson, the former chief business officer for JCPS. Hudson has been highly active in the Op-Ed world recently, penning at least two articles in the…

Why do our schools consistently avoid the most successful teaching approaches – The research problem

When I first started looking at education research back in 1994, I saw all sorts of educators’ claims that they really understood how children learned. It didn’t take long to develop a rather strong, though subjectively based, opinion that there actually seemed to be remarkably little scientifically-based research to support claims about the many education…

Jefferson County’s NAEP performance – some of the rest of the story

On May 8, 2018 the Jefferson County Board of Education heard a briefing about how their district performed on the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) participated in the Trial Urban District Assessment part of the NAEP. The board heard only part of the story, however. The presenters played…