Misinformation won’t fix Kentucky’s school achievement gaps

But, charter school bill advances, anyway The Kentucky Senate’s Education Committee voted on February 5, 2015 on the Senate Bill 8 to create a charter school pilot in Kentucky. During the discussion before the vote, Senator Reginald Thomas (D) Lexington, argued that charter schools are not required. Along the way he said several things that…

Dr. Wayne Lewis on Kentucky Charter School Bill

Yesterday the Kentucky Legislature’s Education Committee adopted what members of the Kentucky Department of Education characterized Wednesday as a “Cadillac Charter School Bill.” The bill, Senate Bill 8 next faces a vote in the Kentucky Senate. SB-8 contains many excellent charter school features. Professor Wayne Lewis from the University of Kentucky (a charter school expert…

Charter school bill clears Kentucky Senate Education Committee

In a solid eight to two victory today (with two senators absent) the Kentucky Legislature’s Education Committee adopted what members of the Kentucky Department of Education characterized Wednesday as a “Cadillac Charter School Bill.” The bill, Senate Bill 8 next faces a vote in the full Kentucky Senate. SB-8 contains many excellent charter school features.…

Charter bill to be heard in Kentucky Senate Committee

The Kentucky Senate’s Education Committee will take up Senate Bill 8, which is a comprehensive bill to create charter schools in Kentucky, tomorrow. Without question charter schools could help with one major problem in Kentucky’s schools – the continuing and growing achievement gap between the state’s white and black students. This problem was discussed again…

Quote of the Day: On teacher preparation programs

“States have had measures of teacher education programs’ outcomes for years. But they haven’t acted on them. They have administered licensure exams for decades, for example. But they have set passing rates way too low and have rarely taken any action against schools whose graduates have the lowest scores.” Susan H. Fuhrman, president of Teachers…

New poll shows strong majority favor school choice; Democrats on board, too!

A new national poll from the American Federation for Children shows a solid majority of likely voters in the United States favor school choice. Some key findings: – 69 percent support school choice, including 45 percent who strongly support it while 27 percent oppose it – 63 percent support private school choice, specifically “opportunity scholarships,…