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…

News alert: Bluegrass Institute holds ‘Free to Learn’ online debate

Kentucky should learn from other states, create America’s best charter-school policy (LEXINGTON, Ky.) — University of Kentucky education professor Wayne Lewis says that while public charter schools may not solve all of the Bluegrass State’s education troubles, “parents of children trapped in schools that don’t meet their learning needs” deserve the options that quality charter-school…

Legislators file lawsuit to drop Common Core State Standards in Louisiana

Say adoption process violated state laws The Advocate reports: “The challenge, which was filed in the 19th Judicial District Court, contends that the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and the state Department of Education failed to follow the Administrative Procedures Act, which critics say was a required step that would have allowed crucial…

Will the union further control and water down Kentucky’s teacher discipline procedures?

With the brouhaha over improper testing activities at Louisville’s Male High School now headed to the Kentucky Educational Professional Standards Board (EPSB), I wondered if any initial action by that board might be planned for its next meeting on July 20-21, 2014. So, I checked out the agenda book for the meeting, which recently showed…