Jefferson County schools poorly funded?

National Public Radio is starting a series on school funding across the US, and the local affiliate station in Louisville, WFPL, just ran an article titled “Louisville Is Behind The Curve In Public School Funding,” which draws some data from the nationwide series. But, is Louisville (actually the Jefferson County Public School District [JCPS]) really…

Innes talks new college entrance test with 55KRC’s Brian Thomas on Thursday

Bluegrass Institute staff education analyst Richard Innes will talk about the new Vector A.R.C. college entrance test with 55KRC talk show host Brian Thomas at 8:05 am Eastern Daylight Time tomorrow. The Vector A.R.C. (Assessment of Readiness for College) is a new test intended as an alternative for the SAT and the ACT. Both of…

Daily News Op-Ed: Kentucky’s amazing graduation and readiness rates – are they credible?

Several days ago the Daily News in Bowling Green published an editorial praising the Kentucky Department of Education’s reported rapid rise in numerous Kentucky school districts of high school graduates considered college and/or career ready. I know there are major concerns regarding the validity of these statistics and contacted the Daily News editor to discuss…

Time to do the math for Kentucky’s high school graduation rates

Jim Waters has boiled down the nonsense behind Kentucky’s massive awards of high school diplomas into a simple to understand discussion for his weekly column. It’s really sad that people across the country, even including Melinda Gates, are crowing about Kentucky’s claimed 88 percent high school graduation rate as though the diplomas were really meaningful.…

Kentucky’s governor sounds off about his commitments to education

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin and Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton attended a meeting of the Kentucky Pastors in Action Coalition on December 29, 2015 to express their commitment and support for doing something better for Kentucky’s students, especially those disadvantaged kids found throughout the commonwealth. This video extract from the meeting contains comments from both Governor…