Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Albert Einstein Sadly, this comment from one of this country’s most noted scientists is most appropriate to the latest action by the Kentucky Board of Education concerning the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). With no dissention, the board reaffirmed its support today for the NGSS, an action that now sends these clearly inadequate standards on…

Mercatus provides great resource on current issues

Looking for a concise and powerful tool for understanding complicated tax and budget issues? The Mercatus Center has compiled such a resource and made it available for free download here. This document covers tax reform, government spending, entitlement reform, and recent health care legislation. The handbook will serve as a great conversation starter or as…

State Board could make science standards right

Or will Kentucky abandon science education beyond the 10th grade? As climate and evolution arguments swirl around Kentucky’s adoption of the new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), some very important, far more basic issues are being totally overlooked. Essentially, the new NGSS cut off science at the 10th grade level. While NextGen Science does include…

(Audio) Jim Waters on WLAP: Cadillac pension benefits attract politicians to Frankfort for the wrong reasons

Listen as Bluegrass Institute President Jim Waters highlights “Future Shock,” the recent series of Bluegrass Institute reports on Kentucky’s public pension system. Waters explains how Kentucky’s founders never meant for politicians to spend their career mooching off taxpayers in Frankfort. 

Changing dropout age to 18 minimum worries Jefferson County Board of Education Member

While enough Kentucky school districts have now approved a minimum dropout age of 18 to make this mandatory in a couple of years for all school districts, there is plenty of quiet concern that this policy change may not really work so well. Among the doubters is Jefferson County Board of Education member Linda Duncan,…

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…