Rep. Jim Decesare on Workforce Problems in Kentucky

Although there has been scant coverage in the press, lately I have been hearing a fair amount of discussion in Northern Kentucky and elsewhere about skilled labor shortages. Our public education system is involved with this problem because large numbers of kids are currently getting high school diplomas but cannot demonstrate readiness for anything after…

Kentucky’s education performance ranking at issue again

Senator Higdon conducts “school” As I previously wrote, educational progress in Kentucky became an issue again during the Kentucky Legislature’s Elementary and Secondary Education Subcommittee meeting yesterday. Kentucky’s supposed education ranking compared to other states was one of the major topics, so it seems worthwhile to explore again some of the rich evidence this blog…

Kentucky’s Overall Progress on NAEP an Issue Again

At today’s meeting of the Kentucky Legislature’s Elementary and Secondary Education Subcommittee, the subject of Kentucky’s progress on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) came up again. So, I will be resurrecting and updating some earlier blogs that already deal with this information. To start, let’s look at the earliest and latest available NAEP…

PRUITT TO TESTIFY BEFORE U.S. SENATE COMMITTEE ON EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT (ESSA) IMPLEMENTATION

Of possible interest to BIPPS readers: KENTUCKY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION MEDIA ADVISORY No. 16-062 July 13, 2016 MEDIA CONTACT: Nancy Rodriguez Office: (502) 564-2000, ext. 4610 | Cell: (502) 330-5063 | E-mail: nancy.rodriguez@education.ky.gov PRUITT TO TESTIFY BEFORE U.S. SENATE COMMITTEE ON EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT (ESSA) IMPLEMENTATION (FRANKFORT, Ky.) – Kentucky Commissioner of Education Stephen…

Teachers taking professional development into their own hands in Jefferson County

FINALLY! WDRB just ran a short article, “Teachers create, attend inaugural ‘EdCampJCPS’” that really caught my attention. It talks about teachers in Jefferson County taking professional development into their own hands, running their own seminar program where teachers can share success and failure programs with their colleagues. Now, this is encouraging. Teachers acting as real…

How’s that? Courier-Journal says ‘Kentucky ranks 19th in higher ed spending’

The Courier-Journal reports that “Kentucky ranks 19th in higher ed spending!” The Courier references a report from Wall Street 24/7 that shows Kentucky’s annual higher ed. spending per student is $6,898. The highest spending state is Wyoming, with annual higher ed. spending per student of $17,300. The lowest spending state is New Hampshire with annual…

Teens tell reporter they don’t like student-led classrooms

Common Core supporters have pushed the ideas of student-centered and group learning across the country. That is why it was especially interesting when veteran reporter Maureen Downey wrote in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about: “What teens resent: Classrooms controlled by students rather than teachers.” Things teens told Downey they don’t like include: Classes where learning is…

Los Angeles Times editors get it – Philanthropies don’t have all the answers about education

The Los Angeles Times just ran a very good article concerning the failure of a number of education programs that have received massive funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The title says a lot: “Editorial | Gates Foundation failures show philanthropists shouldn’t be setting America’s public school agenda” This is a solidly thought…