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,…

Governor Bevin explains that former governor’s civil rights restoration executive order was simply unconstitutional

During the Kentucky Pastors in Action Coalition meeting in Louisville on December 29, 2015 Governor Matt Bevin was asked about an action he took to deal with an unconstitutional executive order issued in the closing hours of Governor Steve Beshear’s administration. Here what Governor Bevin said during the audience question-and-answer part of the meeting. It…

Jefferson County Schools playing games with Kentucky’s scholarship money

The Courier-Journal reports the largest school district in Kentucky now joins several others in watering down its grading system so more kids will get more scholarship money from the taxpayer. Resetting the grading scale so more students will get “A’s” on their report cards does nothing to increase academic rigor in the school system. It…

Kentucky’s governor sounds off about his commitments to education

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin and Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton attended a meeting of the Kentucky Pastors in Action Coalition on December 29, 2015 to express their commitment and support for doing something better for Kentucky’s students, especially those disadvantaged kids found throughout the commonwealth. This video extract from the meeting contains comments from both Governor…

Arthur Levine: Might be better to replace teachers colleges than to try to fix them

Columbia Teachers College in New York City is one of the oldest and best-known teacher preparation institutions in the country. Selection as president there requires some degree of skill and experience, to put it mildly. And, Arthur Levine is a past president at Columbia. More recently, Levine has authored a number of remarkably candid reports…

Innes to talk Common Core at N. KY Chamber’s Eggs ‘N Issues Tuesday

Bluegrass Institute staff education analyst Richard Innes will participate in a Con and Pro discussion about the Common Core State Standards on Tuesday with Brigitte Blom Ramsey, executive director of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence. Prichard has been a staunch supporter of Common Core, while the Bluegrass Institute sees many problems with the program,…