Suspension chaos in Louisville’s “reformed” problem middle schools

Could a charter school system have worked better? Louisville’s Robert Frost Middle School and Myers Middle School have been a major problem for years. Frost was tagged as a Persistently Low-Achieving School (PLAs) in the very first “Cohort” named in the spring of 2010. Myers followed into Persistently Low-Achieving status about a year and a…

Herald-Leader columnist doesn’t buy union attack on charter schools

Herald-Leader columnist Merlene Davis posted interesting comments about charter schools in an interview she recently conducted with Jessica Hiler, president of the Fayette County Education Association. The union leader trotted out most of the union’s anti-charter arguments, but Ms. Davis clearly wasn’t buying. When Hiler said that charter schools don’t produce higher achievement than traditional…

Governor claims Kentucky education is back with a vengeance, next day the state’s ranking in Education Week report plummets

Kentuckians heard it until it came out of their ears. The 2013 edition of Education Week newspaper’s annual Quality Counts report dubiously ranked Kentucky’s education at 10th best in the nation. We heard this 10th place stuff from major newspapers. We heard it from the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. We heard it from the Kentucky…

Hechinger Report asks: “Are we on the verge of a mass Common Core repeal?”

The Hechinger Report from Columbia Teachers College in New York City isn’t exactly a Red State conservative newsletter, but even this journal is asking, “Are we on the verge of a mass Common Core repeal?” Hechinger points out that many state legislatures were taken over by conservatives and Republicans in the recent elections and many…

Council on Postsecondary Education VP says Kentucky must double up efforts to close achievement gaps

Echoing comments we at the Bluegrass Institute have frequently made in regards to K to 12 education, Dr. Aaron Thompson, the executive vice president and chief academic officer for the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, says, “Kentucky must double up efforts to close achievement gaps.” But, Thompson adds new information that the serious and often…