Bluegrass Institute Policy Brief: Personalizing Learning in Kentucky through Education Savings Accounts

Executive Summary Sixty years ago the late Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman published a radical idea: just because we fund schools through government doesn’t mean elected officials know how to run schools or what education is best for other people’s children. To improve American education for all students, Friedman argued that parents should decide what…

Local school board’s Open Meetings violation confirmed by court

The Daily Times from Glasgow reports that “Barren Circuit Judge Phillip Patton agreed with an earlier decision by the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General that the Glasgow Independent Schools Board of Education willfully violated the Open Meetings Act in a judgement (sic) entered on Thursday.” In addition to this reconfirmed violation by the Glasgow…

Is there more educational genocide in Louisville’s school system?

Those of us at the Bluegrass Institute are still reeling from the shocking announcement yesterday that Dr. Dewey Hensley, one of the real educational stars in Kentucky, is quitting his post as the chief academic officer at the Jefferson County Public School District (JCPS). For sure, Hensley’s resignation letter makes it very clear: he isn’t…

Bluegrass Policy Brief: Kentucky Education’s shaky ‘college and career ready’ numbers cast doubt on claims of progress

By Richard G. Innes, staff education analyst Kentucky’s recently retired Commissioner of Education, Terry Holliday, spent his final day on the job tooting his own horn to the Kentucky School Advocate about improvements in his “college and career ready” statistics. The numbers Holliday cites certainly have risen sharply. In fact, what currently are correctly described…

News release: Bluegrass Institute releases online report addressing Kentucky Education’s shaky ‘college and career readiness’ statistics

Report embargoed until: Friday, Oct. 9, at 9:30 a.m. (eastern) Contact: Jim Waters 270-320-4376 Terry Holliday, Kentucky’s recently retired Commissioner of Education, spent his final day on the job crowing about improvements in his “college and career ready” statistics. The numbers Holliday cites are up sharply, and both the college and/or career ready and high…

Kentucky begins its fifth year of Common Core in the public schools, but the college-going rate is flat or declining

Common Core implications? There were a lot of very interesting revelations in yesterday’s meeting of the Kentucky Board of Education. Among them was this disturbing comment from Robert King, the president of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, which oversees all the state’s public two- and four-year postsecondary institutions. There you have it – straight…

Pastors coalition releases education-choice platform; will call on gubernatorial candidates to sign

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 2, 2015 Contact: Pastor Jerry L Stephenson, Senior Pastor, Midwest Church of Christ (812) 207-7156 jlscofc@twc.com The news conference will take place, 9:30am, Monday, October 5, 2015 at Christ Temple Christian Life Center, 723 S. 45th, Louisville, KY 40211 KENTUCKY PASTORS IN ACTION COALITION WILL RELEASE IN A PRESS…

What the new high school graduation and readiness rates really tell us

The new Unbridled Learning release includes the Kentucky Department of Education’s new graduation and college and/or career readiness numbers. Our regular readers know we’ve been critical of those high school graduation and college and/or career readiness rates for some time. Very simply, there is compelling evidence that both rates are inflated, though in different ways.…

New EXPLORE and PLAN achievement gaps grow in Kentucky

Common Core’s dream collapsing for minorities After an initial delay, the Kentucky Department of Education posted the latest scores for the EXPLORE and PLAN college readiness tests for Kentucky’s statewide eighth grade testing from the 2014-2015 school term this morning. Sadly, the picture for the white minus black achievement gaps is uniformly unfavorable for all…