Report shows Kentucky gains on NAEP reversed after adoption of Common Core

Kentucky is a focal state in a new report by Theodor Rebarber, “The Common Core Debacle, Results from 2019 NAEP and Other Sources,” which has just been released by the Bluegrass Institute’s counterpart organization in Massachusetts, the Pioneer Institute. The report shows in general how education went South across the nation after the Common Core…

Regulation governing June 23rd election released – Comments, if needed, must come quickly

Among many other things, the current COVID-19 mess has really fouled up elections across the nation, and Kentucky is no exception. The state’s primary election, originally scheduled for May 19, 2020 has already been postponed until June 23, 2020. Furthermore, this election will operate under emergency rules that were just released Friday by the Kentucky…

MEDIA ALERT. Open-records response: Beshear ignoring his own COVID-19 rules at the Governor’s Mansion

For Immediate Release: Monday, May 4, 2020 A response to an open records request filed by the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, Kentucky’s first and only free-market think tank, reveals that Gov. Andy Beshear is not abiding by the same COVID-19 protocol he’s forced upon every business and employee in Kentucky he determines “nonessential.”…

Open records appeal: Is the governor’s house following COVID-19 dictates forced on all other Ky. homes?

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, April 29, 2020 (FRANKFORT, Ky.) – Today, the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, Kentucky’s first and only free market think tank, filed an appeal with the state attorney general’s office after failing to receive a response from Gov. Andy Beshear’s administration to an open-records request regarding whether the governor’s mansion…

NPR speculation on how schools might look when they finally reopen

NPR’s “9 Ways Schools Will Look Different When (And If) They Reopen” provides some interesting points about how schools might operate when they finally reopen. I’m not sure these are viable ideas, but they are representative of some of the current thinking about how schools might look when they reopen and the recording includes some…

Quote of the Day – Regarding students’ knowledge of US History

“Students don’t know the content.” Peggy G. Carr, Associate Commissioner Assessments Division, National Center for Education Statistics Comment made on April 23, 2020 during webinar presentation of results from the 2018 National Assessment of Educational Progress in US History, Civics and Geography Added notes: Across the nation, only 15% of US eighth graders were scored…

Shocking statistics on JCPS busing bias get more disturbing

I recently posted two blogs about the stifling of questions during a Kentucky Board of Education meeting following some very disturbing revelations by Dr. Marty Pollio, the superintendent at Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS), that the district’s busing plan had limited school choice for students in the generally minority West Louisville area. In “Suppressing KY…