Poorly titled news article about charter schools fools Kentucky School Boards Association

A New Year’s Day article from the Palm Beach Post proclaims, “More PBC parents choosing traditional public schools over charters.” Not surprisingly, the Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA) instantly jumped on this article, trying to undermine efforts to finally bring these public schools of choice to Kentucky. If the news report were fully on target,…

Ed. Sec. Heiner on charter school legislation

Kentucky’s Secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, Hal Heiner, did an interview about what Kentucky needs with charter school legislation recently with CN|2 cable news. Heiner pointed to the obvious need for charter schools in Kentucky to help counter the serious achievement gaps that exist in the state’s traditional public school system. This…

Is this the real reason why Elizabethtown’s school board doesn’t support charter schools?

The News-Enterprise reported (subscription) recently that the Elizabethtown Independent School Board had voted to oppose charter schools. The main reasons cited included a mix of incorrect information about charter schools plus something probably more telling – an expressed fear that somehow charter schools would take money away from the public school system in Kentucky. That…

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:…

Does anarchy reign at Jefferson County middle school?

Lawsuit alleges it does One of the state’s most successful and talented lawyers, Teddy Gordon, just filed a lawsuit against the Jefferson County Public School District (JCPS) that immediately received major coverage in the Courier-Journal under the headline “’Anarchy’ alleged at JCPS middle school.” Some of the incidents supposedly taking place at the Crosby Middle…

Ex Jefferson County school board member offers troubling predictions

Outgoing chair of the Jefferson County Board of Education, David Jones, who lost his bid for reelection to the board in November, made his assessment of what is coming to the Jefferson County Public School System (JCPS) very clear in his December 16, 2016 Op-Ed in the Courier-Journal. Says Jones of November’s school board races:…

Will the nation’s “gold standard” test turn to dross?

As the Huffington Post just reported, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), which often is billed as the “gold standard” for education testing, is making a major transition from its former paper-and-pencil testing format to a new, digital administration. However, the NAEP’s transition to digital testing has many thoughtful observers holding their breath. Click…

Alabama’s educators lied about high school graduation rates

Education Week reports that “Alabama Officials Admit to Lying About Graduation Rate.” In an apology announcement the Alabama Department of Education says: “The Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) is involved in a review of recent graduation rates by the Office of Inspector General, which resides within the United States Department of Education (USDE). The…