Quote of the Day – Wayne Lewis on major problems with Kentucky education, including SBDM

“Children in Kentucky who desperately need our most experienced and most effective teachers often instead have less experienced and less equipped teachers. But additionally, because school-based decision making councils (not school districts or the state) have statutory authority over curriculum, the disparities between the quality of curriculum from school to school can be incredible. In…

Talk about irony! Look at what the Kentucky Department of Education posted for President’s Day! Today is #PresidentsDay2020! Did you know that one of the presidents on #MountRushmore is Kentucky's own Abraham Lincoln? Can you name the other 3⃣? Find out why each of these presidents were chosen via @NatlParkService! https://t.co/X53pWzxs5a pic.twitter.com/nMzH0zM9Pk — KY Dept…

Pastors in a state with supports for private school choice like the program

Opponents of scholarship tax credits as a way to provide more school choice options would like Kentuckians to believe that pastors are against the proposal. Currently, those opponents are trying to torpedo House Bill 350, which would finally give Kentuckians more school choice options. A group of pastors, size unknown, supposedly supports killing HB-350. Well,…

Bill to fix problems with Kentucky’s School Based Decision Making law moves out of Senate

Kentucky Senate Bill 7 (SB-7), which will make some important improvements to Kentucky’s troubled School Based Decision Making law, moved out of the Kentucky Senate on Thursday following a 20 – 15 vote. SB-7 makes some important changes in the division of authority between the locally elected school board and their superintendent and the state’s…

The REST of the story on NAEP in Kentucky – AGAIN!

On Tuesday, the dubiously reorganized Kentucky Board of Education got an update on recent assessment results. This included a very brief and incomplete discussion of the state’s 2019 performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). It was an inadequate briefing, but the dubiously reorganized board members never questioned it. Let’s fix that. First,…

Tennessee joins Mississippi, others, in really requiring scientifically established reading instruction

Meanwhile, Kentucky just floats along The Volunteer state, apparently tired of showing up as lack luster in rankings such as this one I posted a few days back for the way its education schools instruct student teachers to teach reading, is moving forward. Now, Education Week reporter Catherine Gewertz says: “Tennessee Seeks New Teacher, Principal…

Quote of the day – Pertains to both reading instruction and Kentucky’s problematic school council system

“Being a former legislator, what’s been very popular is local control and flexibility. And I supported that from the perspective I was in at that time. But now that I’ve been in this role as state (education) chief, I see the fallacy there. … It’s almost un-American to say that the state department is better…