Do Kentuckians really overwhelmingly support the Common Core State Standards?

The Kentucky Department of Education started something called the Kentucky Core Academic Standards Challenge about 10 months ago. The Challenge was supposed to collect comments from the public about the Kentucky standards, which are basically just cut-and-paste adoptions of the Common Core State Standards. Now the department has issued News Release 15-066 with the title, “KENTUCKIANS…

Kentucky Tonight Follow-Up – What’s the real story on Kentucky’s College and Career Readiness?

I was pleased to participate in Monday’s Kentucky Tonight broadcast on KET along with Kentucky Senator Mike Wilson, Kentucky Representative Derrick Graham, incumbent head of the Prichard Committee Brigitte Blom Ramsey and guest show host Renee Shaw (show online here). We had a lively discussion about many education issues that are likely to come up…

Kentucky Tonight Follow-Up – Rest of the story on CREDO charter school studies

I was pleased to participate in last night’s Kentucky Tonight broadcast on KET along with Kentucky Senator Mike Wilson, Kentucky Representative Derrick Graham, incumbent head of the Prichard Committee Brigitte Blom Ramsey and guest show host Renee Shaw (show online here). We had a lively discussion about many education issues that are likely to come…

Innes to appear on Kentucky Tonight Monday

Richard Innes, the Bluegrass Institute’s staff education analyst, is scheduled to appear Monday, June 22, 2015 on KET’s Kentucky Tonight show. Per KET: “Substitute host Renee Shaw and her guests discuss education. Scheduled guests: Representative Derrick Graham, chair of the House Education Committee; Senator Mike Wilson, chair of the Senate Education Committee; Richard Innes, staff…

Search for new education commissioner will be costly

The contract for a search firm to help find a new commissioner of education for Kentucky has been approved by the legislature’s Government Contract Review Committee. This isn’t going to be cheap. In part driven by fears of repeating the disastrous commissioner search debacle of 2007, the new search contract will apparently include more records…

Trial of another superintendent caught with hand in till starts soon

Over two years ago, Tim Moore became one of several former public school superintendents flagged in a special audit by Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts Adam Edelen for inappropriate fiscal activities. The Ledger-Independent reports that Moore’s trial for alleged abuse of public trust of $10,000 but less than $100,000, and two counts of alleged theft…