Comments on the Charter School Debate: What Does Kentucky’s Education Progress Really Look Like?

If you have not taken time to read our major charter school debate with UK professors Wayne Lewis and Martin Solomon, you owe it to yourself and Kentucky’s children to take some time to do so. The professors provide a good introduction into the issues of establishing charter schools in Kentucky from the viewpoint of…

Comments on the Charter School Debate: What’s really in those CREDO charter school reports?

If you have not taken time to read our major charter school debate with UK professors Wayne Lewis and Martin Solomon, you owe it to yourself and Kentucky’s children to take some time to do so. The professors provide a good introduction into the issues of establishing charter schools in Kentucky from the viewpoint of…

Comment on BIPPS ‘Free to Learn’ debate: So … what about KIPP academies and their 93 percent graduation rate, Dr. Solomon?

While Dr. Martin Solomon was pooh-poohing public charter schools in the Bluegrass Institute’s recent published Free to Learn online debate, the highly regarded Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) was congratulating the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) for “20 years of serving some of our nation’s most vulnerable children and families.” Some facts about KIPP, the largest…

A new twist in the Male High cheating scandal???

The cheating scandal at Louisville’s Male High School may have taken yet another interesting turn. Early in July the Kentucky Department of Education released a “Kentucky Assessment Allegation Report” on the Male situation. The report indicated among many other things that staff members at Male were threatened with being “Overstaffed” if they didn’t comply. Overstaffing…

Online charter-school debate: Influential Ky. leaders recognizing that BIPPS is about policy, not political shouting matches

One of the first editorials written by the Louisville Courier-Journal about the Bluegrass Institute not long after we opened our doors in 2003 sought to marginalize us by labeling us as a “right-wing propaganda mill.” We, of course, have often proved them wrong, the latest example being a new published online debate concerning an issue…