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…

Kentucky Department of Education wants your feedback on the state school accountability system

The Kentucky Department of Education has set up a survey to get public feedback on the Unbridled Learning school accountability program. This is a chance for members of the public to provide input, so if you have issues (reports too hard to read and understand, data too hard to find, scores don’t match with other…

Comments on the Charter School Debate: They are more accountable than traditional public schools

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…

BIPPS school-choice debate topic of discussion Monday on the Leland Conway show on Louisville’s 84WHAS

Bluegrass Institute President Jim Waters will focus on a newly released online written debate on the Leland Conway Show on Louisville’s 84WHAS at 9 a.m. today. Listen live online here. The Institute today released the third and final school-choice debate in its Free to Learn series. Go here to support the message of liberty across…