Do Kentucky’s KPREP school assessments do what they are supposed to do?

If so, why is the evidence not available after five years of KPREP testing? The Bluegrass Institute has discovered a rather extraordinary January 6, 2017 letter from the US Department of Education to Kentucky Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt. This letter says evidence provided by the Kentucky Department of Education only shows that the state’s…

Bluegrass Beacon: Liberty boosters, busters and bragging rights

It’s time for another edition of “Liberty Boosters and Busters.” Liberty Booster: Federal appeals court Judge Neil Gorsuch, announced as President Trump’s pick to succeed the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. It’s one of Trump’s most important decisions as the 49-year-old Gorsuch will have a hand in shaping the court’s – and…

Even local newspaper isn’t buying school board’s anti-charter stance

We just got an interesting “vote” for charter schools. It will come as a shock to the Elizabethtown Independent School Board. Even the local newspaper’s editors in Elizabethtown are not buying their local school board’s bias against charter schools. In “Time to charter a different course,” the News-Enterprise newspaper in Elizabethtown clearly says it’s time…

Brookings Institution catching on: there is a real problem with falling employment rates

We have written before about the obvious problem with the nation’s falling employment rates. These rates, unlike the unemployment rates, are not jimmied when job seekers lose hope and just stop looking for work. And, as we have written several times, including here and here, the employment data, technically called the “Labor Force Participation Rate,”…

Will Congress throw a major monkey wrench at pending Kentucky laws and school accountability programs?

As the Kentucky Board of Education prepares to hear proposals for a major revision to the state’s assessment and accountability program this Tuesday, and as the Kentucky legislature mulls Senate Bill 1, which is in part a reaction to the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Education Week reports that the major enabling regulation for…

Bluegrass Beacon: Set the table for a school-choice buffet

President Donald Trump’s administration is taking some cues from the productive Kentucky Legislature. After a frenetic first week of the 2017 session of the Kentucky General Assembly during which seven bills were passed, the new Trump administration offered a proportional amount of accomplishment during its first five days in the White House. Trump took 15…