Bluegrass Beacon: Avoid ‘fatal’ delay-of-game penalties for needed policies

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. It’s coincidental, of course, that legislative sessions in Kentucky begin immediately following the climax of the sports season for the commonwealth’s rabid fans, including the annual titanic-like struggle…

Upcoming legislative session likely to examine several Bluegrass Institute interests in education

With the 2019 session of the Kentucky Legislature opening soon, reporters around the state are commenting on likely items of consideration, and several Bluegrass Institute education-interest areas are on those lists. Within the past few days, the Bowling Green Daily News issued “State board of education will push for more power for administrators” and the…

Identifying ‘what works’ in education is still a work in progress

Over at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute’s Flypaper Blog, Mike Petrilli just posted an echo of things I’ve been talking about for a long time regarding education, stating “Identifying ‘what works’ is still a work in progress.” Petrilli’s article points to major concerns I always have when I hear educators talk about using “what the…

Will Kentucky’s kids be able to answer this NAEP Grade 4 map question?

As regular readers know, I have a number of concerns with the current draft of Kentucky’s social studies standards revision. The standards seem overly general and vague, leaving teachers, curriculum developers and test writers to guess about what is really to be included, and at what grade. One of the areas of my greatest concern…

So, what are my concerns about Kentucky’s draft social studies standards?

During the Kentucky Board of Education meeting today, board member Gary Houchens (a Bluegrass Institute Board of Scholars member, BTW) mentioned that I have concerns about the draft social studies standards revision the board is considering. Since he made that public, I think our readers deserve to see my observations paper, too. Click here to…

Education action on high school diploma quality moves forward, but slowly

The Kentucky Board of Education met today and a number of important items were on the agenda. Action was taken on a final version of a much-revised set of minimum high school graduation requirements. These have been steadily watered down as various education interests have pointed to supposed problems with earlier, notably more rigorous versions…

Can it be even the Kentucky’s Legislature doesn’t value state’s high school diplomas – More information

I wrote earlier that the Herald-Leader reported a few days ago that Kentucky now requires candidates to produce a high school transcript proving completion of the 12th grade to be shown to county clerks when registering to run for a local school board position. The Herald-Leader says nothing about a high school diploma being acceptable.…