John Garen on KET’s the Price of Poverty

Check below for the KET appearance of our very own John Garen, Ph.D., professor of economics at the University of Kentucky and chair of the Bluegrass Institute Board of Scholars! Garen appeared on the second edition of KET’s the “Price of Poverty” where panelists discussed the pressing issues keeping Kentucky’s most vulnerable stuck in the…

US (still) spends more on education than any other nation

No surprise, but a new report from the Associated Press (picked up by Education Week) says: • “The United States spends more than other developed nations on its students’ education each year…” • “When researchers factored in the cost for programs after high school education such as college or vocational training, the United States spent…

Another report inflates Kentucky’s education progress

A new report from Education Sector Reports, “The New State Achievement Gap: How Federal Waivers Could Make It Worse—Or Better,” makes some pretty glowing comments about Kentucky’s educational progress between 2003 and 2011 on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Naturally, without pausing for any reflection, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) jumped all…

African-American pastors: JCPS means Just Caucasian Pupils Succeed!

Demanding to make the contract negotiations between the teachers’ union and the Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) more open to the public, African-American pastors in Louisville have made it very clear – they are totally fed up with the school district’s endemic under-performance for children of color. WDRB 41 Louisville – News, Weather, Sports Community…

Former Massachusetts Senate president recognizes Common Core is a step back for his state

The Boston Globe just ran an interesting Op-Ed from Tom Birmingham, the former head of the Massachusetts Senate. Birmingham discusses the new Common Core State Standards, which have replaced Massachusetts’ former very excellent public school education standards: “I also fear that universal high standards and objective assessments are being jettisoned in favor of a return…

New report: NextGen Science Standards inferior to many states own standards

The new, Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) don’t exactly shine in a new, Fordham Institute report on state science standards. Says Fordham, the NGSS are: “…clearly inferior to those of twelve states and the District of Columbia, as well as the NAEP and TIMSS frameworks.” Fordham awarded the NGSS a rather unimpressive “C,” scarcely much…