Tennessee joins Mississippi, others, in really requiring scientifically established reading instruction

Meanwhile, Kentucky just floats along The Volunteer state, apparently tired of showing up as lack luster in rankings such as this one I posted a few days back for the way its education schools instruct student teachers to teach reading, is moving forward. Now, Education Week reporter Catherine Gewertz says: “Tennessee Seeks New Teacher, Principal…

Quote of the day – Pertains to both reading instruction and Kentucky’s problematic school council system

“Being a former legislator, what’s been very popular is local control and flexibility. And I supported that from the perspective I was in at that time. But now that I’ve been in this role as state (education) chief, I see the fallacy there. … It’s almost un-American to say that the state department is better…

Scholarship tax credit bills filed

BIPPS joined school choice supporters yesterday in the Capitol rotunda to rally for educational freedom. Later in the afternoon, House Majority Whip Rep. Chad McCoy of Nelson County filed HB 350, a bill that would allow taxpayers to receive partial tax credits when they donate to nonprofits that provide school scholarships to low-income students. The House…

Something really wrong with the Kentucky Board of Education/Department of Education’s survey to find out what the public wants in a new education commissioner

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), with knowledge of the dubiously reformed Kentucky Board of Education, is running an online survey supposedly to find out what the public thinks will be important qualities in the new education commissioner. But, just like earlier SurveyMonkeys the department ran during the reviews of various academic area education standards,…

MEDIA ALERT: Bluegrass Institute supports ousted Board of Education members’ call for legislative reform of governor’s power

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 Contact: Dr. Gary Houchens (270) 799-9081 or Jim Waters (270) 320-4376 (FRANKFORT, Ky.) – The Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, Kentucky’s free-market think tank, strongly supports today’s statement by former Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) members urging legislators to create a “modest but meaningful buffer” protecting our…