Should Kentucky’s Teacher Tribunals go on trial?

The movie “Waiting for Superman” talks about a “Dance of the Lemons,” an unfortunate outcome of the fact that it is virtually impossible to fire bad educators in this country. Sometimes, bad ones are just traded to another school system – solving nothing, of course. Getting bad teachers completely out of the schoolhouse is often impossible.…

Busing won’t fix decades-old education gaps in Jefferson County

The Louisville Courier-Journal is spreading ink and electrons again regarding supposed uneven racial demographics in the Jefferson County Public Schools. This despite the fact that USA Today reports that Louisville has a better racial mix in its schools than other areas of the country. The unfortunate truth is that a better racial mix in schools…

School choice for Kentucky: How much more evidence do we need to look at???

During the Kentucky Legislature’s Interim Joint Education Committee hearings on school choice and charter schools for Kentucky on November 10, 2014, one Kentucky state senator said he first needed to do more research, including digging into such things as terrible performance at Lexington’s William Wells Brown Elementary School. But, how much more research can we…

Why Kentucky needs charter schools: Wayne Lewis, Ph.D.

Wayne Lewis knows a lot about charter schools. He also knows a lot about the public education situation for Kentucky’s racial minorities, and he isn’t happy with what he sees happening to the state’s children of color. Lewis isn’t just upset with Louisville’s schools, either. In his comments to the Kentucky Legislature’s Interim Joint Education…

Why Kentucky needs charter schools: A parent’s compelling story

In her testimony on Monday, November 10, 2014 before the Kentucky Legislature’s Interim Joint Education Committee, Louisville parent Lynn Rippy says the public school system incorrectly categorized her adopted African-American son as having an IQ of only 100. But, Rippy didn’t accept that. Once she enrolled him in a private school that met his needs,…