BIPPS joins fifth annual National School Choice Week to close academic gaps, promote educational liberty for Kentucky families

Week-long series looks at various types of school choice For Immediate Release: Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015                        Contact: Jim Waters @ 270-320-4376  (Frankfort, Ky.) – To show support for enhancing and expanding educational opportunities for all families, the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, Kentucky’s first and only free-market think tank, is joining with supporters of educational…

Suspension chaos in Louisville’s “reformed” problem middle schools

Could a charter school system have worked better? Louisville’s Robert Frost Middle School and Myers Middle School have been a major problem for years. Frost was tagged as a Persistently Low-Achieving School (PLAs) in the very first “Cohort” named in the spring of 2010. Myers followed into Persistently Low-Achieving status about a year and a…

Herald-Leader columnist doesn’t buy union attack on charter schools

Herald-Leader columnist Merlene Davis posted interesting comments about charter schools in an interview she recently conducted with Jessica Hiler, president of the Fayette County Education Association. The union leader trotted out most of the union’s anti-charter arguments, but Ms. Davis clearly wasn’t buying. When Hiler said that charter schools don’t produce higher achievement than traditional…

Don’t charter schools perform about the same as regular public schools?

We hear the question in this blog’s title a lot. It’s based on findings in a number of reports about charter schools such as the now famous (infamous?) 2009 CREDO study, “Multiple Choice: Charter School Performance in 16 States.” The claim that only 17 percent of charter schools outperform traditional public schools comes from that…

Kentucky’s true achievement gap problem: Part 6, Kentucky Testing Summary

Last week we examined Kentucky’s chronic problem with white versus black academic achievement gaps. We learned the problem is very long term from evidence in the National Assessment of Educational Progress. We saw that EXPLORE, PLAN and even the ACT college entrance testing in Kentucky along with the Bluegrass State’s own KPREP testing show serious…