Now they admit it – No electric “circuit” coverage in NextGen Science Standards!

It’s unbelievable. In fact, I think many people doubted me when I first started pointing out that the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) that Kentucky adopted for all its public schools in 2013 (by governor’s fiat) essentially omits all discussion of electrical circuits. But, when I did a word search in the PDF version of…

High school diploma quality – a serious problem on both sides of the Ohio River

A Kentucky Enquirer news article, “Grad requirements: Class of 2018 is in trouble,” talks about the disconnect between what public schools think is an adequate education to earn a high school diploma and what state leaders think should really be required. It appears Ohio’s educators are even upset about requiring the equivalent of just a…

Author says: ‘I Can’t Answer These Texas Standardized Test Questions About My Own Poems’

Here’s a Huffington Post article worth your read. Poet Sara Holbrook discovered some of her poems were being used as seventh grade test items in Texas STAAR test. To her dismay, she couldn’t figure out what the answers to the questions really were! And, Ms. Holbrook wrote the poems! By the way, Kentucky, don’t act…

Poorly titled news article about charter schools fools Kentucky School Boards Association

A New Year’s Day article from the Palm Beach Post proclaims, “More PBC parents choosing traditional public schools over charters.” Not surprisingly, the Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA) instantly jumped on this article, trying to undermine efforts to finally bring these public schools of choice to Kentucky. If the news report were fully on target,…

Ed. Sec. Heiner on charter school legislation

Kentucky’s Secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, Hal Heiner, did an interview about what Kentucky needs with charter school legislation recently with CN|2 cable news. Heiner pointed to the obvious need for charter schools in Kentucky to help counter the serious achievement gaps that exist in the state’s traditional public school system. This…

Bluegrass Beacon: Provide multiple paths for charter-school creations

School-choice opponents in my Twitter domain are having 140-character conniption fits over President-elect Donald J. Trump’s stellar decision to choose Michigan philanthropist Betsy DeVos as the nation’s next education secretary. They claim their opposition is because DeVos doesn’t have “classroom teacher” on her resume. Yet what’s really at the heart of the pushback from DeVos’…

Is this the real reason why Elizabethtown’s school board doesn’t support charter schools?

The News-Enterprise reported (subscription) recently that the Elizabethtown Independent School Board had voted to oppose charter schools. The main reasons cited included a mix of incorrect information about charter schools plus something probably more telling – an expressed fear that somehow charter schools would take money away from the public school system in Kentucky. That…