Kentucky’s Districts of Innovation program shows: Not much interest in innovating

During Monday’s Kentucky Tonight show about charter schools, some comments were made about Kentucky’s Districts of Innovation (DOI) program. Some anti-charter folks have tried to claim DOIs eliminate the need for charter schools, but secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Hal Heiner quickly challenged that notion on the show. Most tellingly, Sec. Heiner…

KY Ed. Secretary gets it right about Maryland charter schools

KET’s Kentucky Tonight discussion on charter schools yesterday was nothing if not lively. With Kentucky’s Secretary of Education Hal Heiner and “Old Guard” Kentucky Senator Gerald Neal on the panel along with our own Jim Waters and executive director of the Kentucky Association of School Superintendents Tom Shelton, things were bound to be interesting. However,…

How’s that? Major Common Core supporter faults Kentucky’s honesty in reporting student proficiency

I didn’t make this up. The Collaborative for Student Success recently posted “The Results Are In: High Standards Are Leading to Better Outcomes.” It includes a national map showing states that supposedly are doing a more honest job of reporting student proficiency rates and annual testing. Here’s the map. Kentucky’s light gray shading doesn’t look…

Overstating Kentucky’s education progress — again

During Monday’s Kentucky Board of Education meeting about charter schools, one presenter again pushed the idea that Kentucky has made great progress on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) since KERA began in 1990. But, the picture that got painted, which only referenced overall average NAEP scores, was incomplete and misleading. When you only…

State school board to consider charter school proposal

It’s an unfortunate truth for Kentucky: despite more than a quarter of a century of aggressive education reform, achievement gaps continue to be a major problem. The situation is so dramatic that even a most enthusiastic cheerleader for traditional public education, the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, now candidly admits: “…far too many Kentucky students…

Charter Schools aren’t the only place adults make off with money meant for kids

Former Shelby County Public Schools payroll manager gets 18 years for swiping $600,000 One of the complaints we hear from opponents of charter schools regards corrupt finances. There has been fiscal misbehavior in a few charter schools. However, the traditional public school system in Kentucky is far from trouble free in this area. Unfortunately, Kentucky’s…

Superintendent tells how Kentucky’s School Based Decision Making Council (SBDM) laws tie elected board members’ hands

Discussion shows how SBDM laws render parents and school boards powerless Parents in the Boone County Public School District are getting an interesting education these days. They are learning that their locally elected school board and their school superintendent have absolutely no authority regarding what may be some very bad curriculum choices recently made in…

Governor Bevin sets sights on Common Core and School Choice

In a post-election interview covered by the Northern Kentucky Tribune, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin specifically said he will work to reject the Common Core State Standards in Kentucky’s public schools. These highly controversial standards currently comprise the state’s reading, writing and math standards. With the new Republican majorities in the Kentucky House and Senate, Governor…