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…

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…