The dangers of schools collecting student data come home to roost in Oldham County, Kentucky

The Courier-Journal reports that there has been a potentially significant data breach in the North Oldham County High School that exposed thousands of present and former students to possible identity theft. A school cafeteria computer housing student names, social security numbers, addresses, telephone numbers and birth dates was hacked and this sensitive information could have…

On the air September 28: Another ‘Bluegrass Monday’ with Mandy Connell on 840 WHAS

Bluegrass Institute’s staff education analyst, Richard Innes, guest subs for Jim Waters on Bluegrass Mondays @ 7:05 p.m. on Louisville’s NewsRadio 840 WHAS-AM with popular talk-show host Mandy Connell. Open Meetings violations, scrambled statistics and scary social studies, Oh My! Mandy and Dick will talk some hot education topics you’re not hearing about anywhere else.…

Bluegrass Beacon: Gubernatorial candidate spot-on about Head Start

Critics of GOP gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin want to use his spot-on statement about a huge, costly and ineffective government-run preschool program to paint him as being opposed to any and all early childhood education. Bevin pointed out on KET’s “Kentucky Tonight” during this year’s primary campaign that Head Start – the nation’s largest taxpayer-funded…

Kentucky education’s Program Review problems – We told you so – Now even Prichard sees the problem!

A few days ago, the Herald-Leader caught up to us with their story about “State audit report says schools are rating themselves too high in program reviews.” At issue: the unavoidable fact that the Kentucky Department of Education’s new Unbridled Learning Program Reviews are suffering from massive score inflation – something that’s just about inevitable…

Good news, again, from Kentucky’s private sector effort to improve AP courses in Kentucky

One of my favorite examples of how private-sector involvement can improve public education is the AdvanceKentucky program to improve participation and course quality in Kentucky’s Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Kentucky’s AP participation is up again this year with more students earning scores that can lead to college credit for their courses. And AdvanceKentucky gets a…

Innes to speak at Louisville Forum Wednesday, September 9

BIPPS staff education analyst Richard Innes will participate at the Louisville Forum’s September luncheon discussion about “Common Core: The Debate Continues.” Joining Innes will be Brigitte Blom Ramsey, the new executive director of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence. Innes has raised many concerns about Common Core while Ramsey was formerly a member of the…

Kentucky’s Effective High School Graduation Rate

In his farewell interview with the Kentucky School Boards Association, now-departed Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday touted the increase in college readiness in Kentucky as his shining achievement, saying: “To this day, we’ve gone from 34 percent being college ready to this year when we will exceed 67 percent.” That got me thinking about…

Kentucky home schoolers shut down attempt to violate their privacy

This past summer the Home School Legal Defense Association jumped into a nasty attempt by Gallatin County Public Schools to intrude into the homes of local home schools. During the summer, a letter from the Gallatin County Public School District went out to all of the county’s homeschooling parents. The letter threatened a number of…