Kentucky’s education commissioner: US Department of Education violating state and federal law with rejection of state’s request for more time to implement science standards

In a set of comments that sound like things we have been saying for years at the Bluegrass Institute, the Kentucky School Boards Association reports Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday is exploding about federal intrusion into the state’s management of its education program. The specific trigger, according to the school boards group, is that…

Comments on the Charter School Debate: US Department of Education knows charter schools are public schools

If you have not taken time to read our major charter school debate with UK professors Wayne Lewis and Martin Solomon, you owe it to yourself and Kentucky’s children to take some time to do so. The professors provide a good introduction into the issues of establishing charter schools in Kentucky from the viewpoint of…

Cast a vote that really counts!

Bluegrass Institute president Jim Waters has advanced to the semifinals of Think Freely Media’s 2014 Great Communicators Tournament with his video about the Institute’s Intrastate Coal and Use Act. Watch it here. Jim is the only Kentuckian in the semifinal round and needs our help to move on and win the $10,000 prize being awarded…

Kentucky’s Unbridled Learning School Assessment Program: Can we trust what it’s telling us?

(LEXINGTON, Ky.) – The Bluegrass Institute today releases an important report about Kentucky’s Unbridled Learning school accountability program. “Kentucky’s Unbridled Learning School Assessment Program: Can we trust what it’s telling us about schools?” authored by Bluegrass Institute staff education analyst Richard Innes highlights important performance issues missing from the state’s newest assessment program. The report…

Back and forth on AP US History Course continues

I wrote a couple of weeks ago in “Are new standards enslaving the Gettysburg Address?” about a growing squabble over the newly revised Advanced Placement course in US History. Since then, things deteriorated to the point where the Republican National Committee has condemned the new AP US History course, charging it: “reflects a radically revisionist…

How will the new Jefferson County Schools of Innovation help students in Persistently Low-Achieving Schools?

Can Jefferson County even afford these new school ideas? Last night the Jefferson County Board of Education selected two models to be the district’s first “Schools of Innovation” under Kentucky’s “Districts of Innovation” law. Collectively, the choices were disappointing. Jefferson County has the state’s largest concentration of “Persistently Low-Achieving” high schools – 10 of them.…