There’s still more to “The rest of the story” as folks try to defend Common Core

I’ve been writing about how lines are already forming in the fight to end Kentucky’s use of the Common Core State Standards for math and English language arts. Poorly-aimed shots already were fired last week in an Op-Ed that appeared under the title “Column: Common Core: If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it” in the…

Kentucky under Common Core: The opinion survey that really matters

As I wrote yesterday, with the Kentucky legislature coming back into session, a big question to be decided is whether the state will continue to use the Common Core State Standards for its English language arts and math standards. Already, lines are forming, and poorly-aimed shots were fired last week in an Op-Ed that appeared…

Herald-Leader sounds like us – bemoans achievement gaps in Fayette County

Some at the Herald-Leader might lose their lunch over the idea that they sound like the Bluegrass Institute, but their recent article, “Analysis: Fayette schools stall on achievement gap,” does exactly that. The article presents data on the white minus black achievement gaps in math and reading in each of the district’s high schools, concluding:…

KY Ed. Secretary gets it right about Maryland charter schools – Part 2

I wrote a couple of days ago about an interesting back and forth that took place on Monday’s Kentucky Tonight show (which you can see by clicking the video link below). During the show, Kentucky Senator Gerald Neal kept pushing Maryland as having an exemplary charter school program with a law Kentucky should emulate. Towards…

New Stanford data points to serious achievement gaps in Louisville

A research team at Stanford University just released a huge report several days ago dealing with “Local education inequities across U.S.” The Stanford team collected testing data and other information on every school district in the nation. Then, using the National Assessment of Educational Progress as a common ruler, the Stanford team says they placed…

More on Jefferson County Schools funding level

I wrote two days ago about a local National Public Radio affiliate’s article on public school finances that seems to portray the per pupil funding for Kentucky’s largest public school district, the Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) in a questionable way. That first blog used enrollment and spending information from the US Census Bureau’s “Public…