Washington state judge rules revamped charter school program IS constitutional!

A breaking story in Washington State has implications for pending charter school legislation in Kentucky. A Washington judge ruled yesterday that state’s revamped charter school laws are constitutional. In 2015, in a move that currently concerns some Kentucky lawmakers, the Washington Supreme Court ruled that state’s charters were unconstitutional. Now, it appears that the basic…

Legal Experts: Strong Kentucky Charter School Bill Meets Constitutional Muster

It seems some legal questions have been raised about Kentucky’s currently leading charter school bill, House Bill 103. Now, the Center for Education Reform reports a top legal team has examined these questions. According to: You can read the full news release here, and the legal report is available here. So, Kentucky should press forward…

Jefferson County Schools in Serious Trouble

Education Commissioner orders full audit of system – State takeover could result “I have determined that there is a presence of critically ineffective or inefficient management in the JCPS and accordingly, a comprehensive management audit of the governance and administration of JCPS is required pursuant to KRS 158.785 (2) and 703 KAR 3:205.” Commissioner Stephen…

Even local newspaper isn’t buying school board’s anti-charter stance

We just got an interesting “vote” for charter schools. It will come as a shock to the Elizabethtown Independent School Board. Even the local newspaper’s editors in Elizabethtown are not buying their local school board’s bias against charter schools. In “Time to charter a different course,” the News-Enterprise newspaper in Elizabethtown clearly says it’s time…

Will Congress throw a major monkey wrench at pending Kentucky laws and school accountability programs?

As the Kentucky Board of Education prepares to hear proposals for a major revision to the state’s assessment and accountability program this Tuesday, and as the Kentucky legislature mulls Senate Bill 1, which is in part a reaction to the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Education Week reports that the major enabling regulation for…

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…