Fordham’s new report on Common Core draws quick, compelling criticism

Fallout: Does Common Core really get students ready for college and careers? It’s no secret: the Fordham Institute has weighed in heavily in favor of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) over the past six years. Unfortunately, critics charge with increasing justification that Fordham seems to be straying from objective and useful research into something…

Will Kentucky’s Districts of Innovation program get a black eye?

During efforts to fend off a true charter school bill a few years ago, legislative friends of adults running Kentucky’s traditional schools passed the Districts of Innovation bill, which supposedly allow traditional school districts in the state to do many of the same things that work well around the country in charter schools. But the…

Another school system transparency law violation

The Courier-Journal reports that the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office just hit the Jefferson County Public School District with an Open Records Law violation for not making public information available in accordance with the law. This adds to a growing list of violations of the state’s transparency laws by various education agencies which even includes an…

Is Kentucky’s coal industry being destroyed for no good reason?

Climate experts complain about research to Congress The Heartlander is reporting that 300 climate experts are protesting climate data from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that they claim inflates the amount of global warming which is actually occurring. The experts also take issue with the idea that carbon dioxide is involved with any small…

Columnist, parents not fooled by Kentucky’s Common Core review

Per Kentucky’s state education leaders, it was a big deal last year when the results came back from the Kentucky Core Academic Standards Challenge public comment program. Supposedly, there was overwhelming support to keep the Common Core based standards just as they are. Of course, the entire operation of the Challenge was biased. For starters,…

Time to do the math for Kentucky’s high school graduation rates

Jim Waters has boiled down the nonsense behind Kentucky’s massive awards of high school diplomas into a simple to understand discussion for his weekly column. It’s really sad that people across the country, even including Melinda Gates, are crowing about Kentucky’s claimed 88 percent high school graduation rate as though the diplomas were really meaningful.…

Misleading high school graduation rates even more misleading for Kentucky’s blacks

Diploma deception? Back on January 23, 2016, I wrote about some important problems with the credibility of high school graduation rates in Kentucky. Very simply, Kentucky’s education leaders have been pushing the states officially reported high school graduation rates as though they were really meaningful and fairly comparable to other states. But, are such comparisons…