Dr. Wayne Lewis on Kentucky Charter School Bill

Yesterday the Kentucky Legislature’s Education Committee adopted what members of the Kentucky Department of Education characterized Wednesday as a “Cadillac Charter School Bill.” The bill, Senate Bill 8 next faces a vote in the Kentucky Senate. SB-8 contains many excellent charter school features. Professor Wayne Lewis from the University of Kentucky (a charter school expert…

Charter school bill clears Kentucky Senate Education Committee

In a solid eight to two victory today (with two senators absent) the Kentucky Legislature’s Education Committee adopted what members of the Kentucky Department of Education characterized Wednesday as a “Cadillac Charter School Bill.” The bill, Senate Bill 8 next faces a vote in the full Kentucky Senate. SB-8 contains many excellent charter school features.…

Charter bill to be heard in Kentucky Senate Committee

The Kentucky Senate’s Education Committee will take up Senate Bill 8, which is a comprehensive bill to create charter schools in Kentucky, tomorrow. Without question charter schools could help with one major problem in Kentucky’s schools – the continuing and growing achievement gap between the state’s white and black students. This problem was discussed again…

Quote of the Day: Critics try to have it both ways on charter research

(CREDO) “studies are an amusing Rorsarch test for charter critics. The ones about places where charters are underperforming are widely cited and CREDO is presented as an august institution to be heeded in a Solomon-like fashion. When one comes out showing a city or state where charters are dramatically outpacing other schools it’s crickets or…

Quote of the Day: On teacher preparation programs

“States have had measures of teacher education programs’ outcomes for years. But they haven’t acted on them. They have administered licensure exams for decades, for example. But they have set passing rates way too low and have rarely taken any action against schools whose graduates have the lowest scores.” Susan H. Fuhrman, president of Teachers…

Celebrating National School Choice Week: Homeschooling

Home schooling is the ultimate form of parental school choice…the ultimate example of parents taking responsibility for ensuring their children are educated and prepared for the future. The Kentucky Constitution protects the right of Bluegrass State parents to homeschool their children. What’s required? Parents must: Notify the superintendent of the local school board in writing within…

Celebrating National School Choice Week – The ESA Frontier: Boldly going where education reform has (hardly) gone before

The Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, Kentucky’s first and only free-market think tank, joins with hundreds of groups nationwide to celebrate the fifth annual National School Choice Week (Jan. 25-31). Since its beginning more than 11 years ago, the Bluegrass Institute has been the leading voice to give Kentucky parents effective alternatives to ensure…