Throwing money at failing public schools has not helped

Education Next has a short, but attention-grabbing article up about “In the News: $773 Million Later, de Blasio Ends Signature Initiative to Improve Failing Schools.” But, the article touches on more than the massive failure in New York City, pointing out in general that the massively funded School Improvement Grant program from the Obama era…

National survey shows Kentuckians have 2nd worst knowledge of history

Proposed Social Studies Standards won’t fix it, either It’s really sad. The Herald-Leader just reported how our state flunked a U.S history test in its article, “So why was Ben Franklin famous? Kentuckians flunk test of U.S. history knowledge.” The article is based on a recent report from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation that shows Kentucky…

When will Kentucky’s kids learn about the Holocaust under the proposed social studies standards?

It’s a real puzzle. The pending revision to Kentucky’s public school social studies standards acknowledges on Page 8 that: “…all public middle and high school’s curriculum shall include instruction on the Holocaust and other cases of genocide….” That’s a legal requirement right out of Section 1, Paragraph (1) (a) (3) in House Bill 128 from…

No, parent participation in school council elections isn’t like voter participation in the last governor’s race

More evidence that Kentucky needs to improve the current school council program and offer parents something else – say school choice – that might really get them interested I just got challenged by a local school board and former school council member regarding the VERY low participation of parents in elections for school council members…