Even Kentucky shows great public school innovation can come from outside of the public school community

The Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, Kentucky’s free-market think tank, joins with hundreds of groups nationwide to celebrate the fifth annual National School Choice Week (Jan. 24-30). Since its beginning more than 12 years ago, the Bluegrass Institute has been the leading voice to give Kentucky parents effective alternatives to ensure that each child…

Ex-charter school teacher’s gripes: Are they really about the students or just sour grapes?

The Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, Kentucky’s first and only free-market think tank, joins with hundreds of groups nationwide to celebrate the fifth annual National School Choice Week (Jan. 24-30). Since its beginning more than 12 years ago, the Bluegrass Institute has been the leading voice to give Kentucky parents effective alternatives to ensure that each child receives…

Kentucky State of Education: Issues with report accuracy #1 — Graduation Rates

In conjunction with his press conference on January 21, 2016, Stephen Pruitt, Kentucky’s new commissioner of education, issued a print/online report on “The State of K-12 Education in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.” Some good news is this report covers a whole lot of interesting and important territory. Over time, this format could prove very valuable.…

What you need to consider when comparing state education systems

As I wrote yesterday, we are seeing all sorts of reports computing rankings of state education systems. However, those reports are using approaches that don’t comply with recommendations found in various documents from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Yesterday’s blog discussed two of those poorly conducted reports, the Quality Counts 2016 report from…

Rankings of Kentucky’s educational performance still flawed

Quality Counts and Center for Business and Economic Research both score “Novice” It seems like mid-winter is a favorite time for various groups to publish fanciful rankings of Kentucky’s education system compared to other states, and 2016 has proved no exception. Cases in point include new rankings from the annual Quality Counts report series from…

Bluegrass Beacon – Liberty boosters and busters: Something new, something bold

‘Tis the season for another edition of “Liberty Boosters and Busters.” My goal is to make these awards more about ideas than personalities. But alas, policymakers’ personal behavior occasionally is so egregious that they themselves demand a spot on the “Liberty Busters” wall. Liberty Buster: Take, for example, Speaker Greg Stumbo’s cheap shots fired at…

Charter schools do outperform across the nation if students attend long enough to benefit

Since Governor Bevin’s election, the discussion about public charter schools has ratcheted up several notches. Kentucky’s new governor publicly supports charter schools as one tool that can help boost the currently lagging performance in the state’s public school system, especially for minority students. Still, anti-charter sentiment from adults in our existing education establishment remains strident,…