Back and forth on AP US History Course continues

I wrote a couple of weeks ago in “Are new standards enslaving the Gettysburg Address?” about a growing squabble over the newly revised Advanced Placement course in US History. Since then, things deteriorated to the point where the Republican National Committee has condemned the new AP US History course, charging it: “reflects a radically revisionist…

How will the new Jefferson County Schools of Innovation help students in Persistently Low-Achieving Schools?

Can Jefferson County even afford these new school ideas? Last night the Jefferson County Board of Education selected two models to be the district’s first “Schools of Innovation” under Kentucky’s “Districts of Innovation” law. Collectively, the choices were disappointing. Jefferson County has the state’s largest concentration of “Persistently Low-Achieving” high schools – 10 of them.…

Hearing: Onerous new federal free and reduced cost school lunch rules causing problems

The Kentucky Legislature’s Elementary and Secondary Education Subcommittee held a hearing today on the operation and problems with the recently revised federal free and reduced cost school lunch program. While this program is intended to help needy kids, the new, one-size-must-fit-all rules are creating major problems for Kentucky state educators who are trying to make…

Comments on the Charter School Debate: More on charter school performance from the National Assessment of Educational Progress

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…

Bluegrass Beacon: Learning gaps widen the ‘freedom gap’

Achievement gaps aren’t even mentioned by Martin Solomon, a retired University of Kentucky professor of business and economics who represented the opposition in the Bluegrass Institute’s published online debate: “Does Kentucky need charter schools?” But ignoring academic-achievement gaps for poor racial minorities and the learning disabled won’t close them or diminish their seriousness. Whether you…