Why do our schools consistently avoid the most successful teaching approach of all – The JCPS example

Here we go again. A new Tweet says Jefferson County Public Schools apparently announced tonight that it is adopting a deeper learning program for all students. In doing that, the district turns its back on more than half a century of research that shows another approach, Direct Instruction, is better for disadvantaged kids. Note, as…

KY Education Commissioner Lewis clearly and simply outlines the issues with the pending takeover of JCPS

One of the clearest presentations yet of the issues involved with the recommendation for Kentucky to take over the ailing Jefferson County Public School District (JCPS) was recently made by Interim Commissioner of Education Wayne Lewis on the KET Connections show with Renee Shaw. Click the link below to hear this informative, fact-based discussion that…

Will the JCPS plan to pull former Head Start kids into its other, state-funded preschool program lead to violation of state law?

Multiple media outlets in the Louisville area have reported on recent actions by the Jefferson County Board of Education to drop its $15 million federal grant and back away from operating the Head Start preschool program in Louisville. The board also voted to move those Head Start preschoolers over to the district’s separate, state-funded preschool…

KY Higher Ed Chief: KERA needs major revisions

Stands in the way of progress in Kentucky’s schools Echoes BIPPS concerns Bob King, President of Kentucky’s Council on Postsecondary Education, attended his last meeting of the Kentucky Board of Education on Wednesday, and, setting aside his prepared remarks, he wound up delivering a retirement call to arms, calling for major revisions to Kentucky’s education…

Father of boy whose legs were broken at school calls for JCPS takeover

Meanwhile, more questionable statistics for the district continue to pile up As the Kentucky Board of Education prepares to hear an appeal of a recommendation from Kentucky Commissioner of Education Wayne Lewis for a state takeover of the troubled Jefferson County Public School System (JCPS), multiple sources such as the Courier-Journal report that the “Father…

Texas Charter Schools Enroll 85% Minority Students and they CRUSHED the 2017 NAEP

Over at the Jay P. Greene’s Blog they just posted an item with the same title as this blog discussing the really outstanding performance of The Lone Star State’s charter schools in the new 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results. It makes for an interesting read, especially since Texas charters have ultra-high minority…

List of former JCPS leaders calling for state takeover grows

Insider Louisville just posted a rather interesting article that discusses two former Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) leaders now in the “fight for JCPS takeover.” The first individual is Tom Hudson, the former chief business officer for JCPS. Hudson has been highly active in the Op-Ed world recently, penning at least two articles in the…