Kentucky’s social studies standards – Now you can (and should) weigh in

To be sure, there has already been considerable controversy about attempts to revise Kentucky’s public school social studies course standards. The squabble started in the Kentucky Board of Education’s October 7, 2014 meeting when a proposed revision to the social studies standards was severely criticized by Kentucky’s History Teacher of the Year, Donnie Wilkerson. Wilkerson…

It’s Official: The Feds Will Collect Psycho-Social Data On Your Child

The Federalist has a major article out about US Government plans to go well beyond academic testing of the country’s children. It’s a very disturbing thought-provoker. Apparently, the National Assessment of Educational Progress, often called the Nation’s Report Card or the NAEP, will be one collection vehicle for this new material even though the article…

Do Kentuckians really overwhelmingly support the Common Core State Standards?

The Kentucky Department of Education started something called the Kentucky Core Academic Standards Challenge about 10 months ago. The Challenge was supposed to collect comments from the public about the Kentucky standards, which are basically just cut-and-paste adoptions of the Common Core State Standards. Now the department has issued News Release 15-066 with the title, “KENTUCKIANS…

Innes to appear on Kentucky Tonight Monday

Richard Innes, the Bluegrass Institute’s staff education analyst, is scheduled to appear Monday, June 22, 2015 on KET’s Kentucky Tonight show. Per KET: “Substitute host Renee Shaw and her guests discuss education. Scheduled guests: Representative Derrick Graham, chair of the House Education Committee; Senator Mike Wilson, chair of the Senate Education Committee; Richard Innes, staff…

Search for new education commissioner will be costly

The contract for a search firm to help find a new commissioner of education for Kentucky has been approved by the legislature’s Government Contract Review Committee. This isn’t going to be cheap. In part driven by fears of repeating the disastrous commissioner search debacle of 2007, the new search contract will apparently include more records…

Trial of another superintendent caught with hand in till starts soon

Over two years ago, Tim Moore became one of several former public school superintendents flagged in a special audit by Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts Adam Edelen for inappropriate fiscal activities. The Ledger-Independent reports that Moore’s trial for alleged abuse of public trust of $10,000 but less than $100,000, and two counts of alleged theft…