Audit rules for Kentucky’s public school districts tightening

The Kentucky School Boards Association’s news service reports that rules for annual audits of the state’s public school districts are being tightened in the wake of a series of problems uncovered by the Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts. Normally, local school districts contract with a private auditing firm to conduct their required annual audit. That…

Breitbart on fight over new Common Core movie and the great Op-Ed from Ky. Sen. Katie Stine

Breitbart has an interesting article up about the latest Common Core State Standards skirmish between the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) and the Fordham foundation. The HSLDA released a very powerful documentary video about Common Core on Monday. Common Core supporter Fordham (which has received money from the Gates Foundation) was seriously stung by…

Key Kentucky legislator: “Common Core has deficiencies Ky. wants to fix”

Kentucky Senator Katie Stine has always impressed us as one of the most informed and intelligent members of the state’s legislature. She reinforces our impressions again with her new Herald-Leader Op-Ed about the problems with Kentucky’s adoption of the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards. Sen. Stine co-sponsored Senate Bill 1…

Education historian Diane Ravitch: Common Core creation process violated national standards institute guidelines

In one of the most interesting challenges to the validity of Common Core State Standards so far, education historian Diane Ravitch took a big shot three days ago in this Huffington Post Blogs article. Ravitch charges the Common Core State Standards “were written in a manner that violates the nationally and international recognized process for…

Charter school bill clears KY Senate: Comes none too soon for state’s low-performing schools

Senate Bill 211, a bill to allow school districts to reform Kentucky’s 41 Persistently Low-Achieving Schools (recently renamed “Priority Schools”) as charter schools, has cleared the Kentucky Senate and now moves to the Kentucky House. This action to implement charter schools comes none too soon. Case in point: the Frost Middle School in Jefferson County.…

How about giving us the CURRENT NAEP data on charter schools, correctly analyzed?

During last Thursday’s meeting of the Kentucky Senate’s Education Committee, Dr. Bob Rodosky, the statistical person from Jefferson County Public Schools, asserted his school district outperformed charter schools across the nation on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in 2011. That assertion surprised me for several reasons. First, charter school performance has been improving…