ACT results show Kentucky’s achievement gaps continue all through school

Provides more evidence that blacks get left behind/Need other options Since the founding days of the Bluegrass Institute about 14 years ago, we have pushed the need for more school choice in Kentucky. That evidence includes our extensive discussions of the chronic achievement gaps for whites and blacks in Kentucky’s public school system in many…

Charter school value – they CAN help/work with public schools, too

There hasn’t been a lot of coverage of examples of charter schools working together with traditional schools to boost the performance of both, but examples are out there. For example, in 2010 Education Week reported, “Charters and Public Schools Team Up in Texas” (subscription?). Aside from the collaboration in the Rio Grande area of Texas,…

Why Kentucky Needs School Choice – Our black students can’t stand the traditional public schools’ slow rates of progress

It’s National School Choice Week, and there are many telling reasons why Kentucky needs to expand school choice options for all students. However, the case is especially critical when we consider what is happening to the state’s largest racial minority, its black students. Comparisons of the earliest and most recent data from the National Assessment…

Bluegrass Beacon: Why such hostility toward a promising policy?

The Elizabethtown Independent School Board recently became the first local education oversight body in Kentucky to express collective hostility toward giving parents the option of a different type of public -school experience for their children. It passed a resolution claiming a charter-school policy “unilaterally takes critically needed funds from local school districts and redirects them…

Obama administration spent billions to fix failing schools, and it didn’t work

No, that isn’t our headline. This comes direct from the Washington Post! Such candor from the Post regarding one of former President Obama’s signature efforts, the School Improvement Grants program (SIG), is very attention grabbing. Reports the Post: “Test scores, graduation rates and college enrollment were no different in schools that received money through the…