ACT scores are out – Kentucky’s white minus black achievement gaps continue to be a problem

The new ACT reports for the high school graduating class of 2017 have been publicly released, and there will be a lot to talk about concerning these important college readiness test results in the seventh year after Kentucky adopted the Common Core State Standards, which were supposed to dramatically improve college preparation. Certainly, progress towards…

News release: Bluegrass Institute Center for Open Government files complaint about House of Representatives’ secret pension meeting

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) — An open-meetings complaint was filed today by the Bluegrass Institute Center for Open Government in response to a closed meeting held last week by the Kentucky House of Representatives to discuss the commonwealth’s pension crisis. The complaint notes the closed meeting “constituted a violation of KRS 61.810(1) which states that ‘[all] meetings…

An educator bemoans the deception in high school graduation rates

Writing in Education Week, Bernard Gassaway, a former New York City public schools teacher, principal, and superintendent adds his voice of discontent about the growing deception in high school graduation rates across the nation. Too many Kentucky’s school systems are certainly playing this game by passing out thousands of “Hollow Diplomas” each year, which discrepancies…

Ivy League professors tell students, “Think for yourself”

In a publicly released letter, a group of professors from Yale, Princeton and Harvard stress the need for students to think for yourself. Here’s one highlight from the letter about a major issue on our college campuses today: “…’the tyranny of public opinion’ does more than merely discourage students from dissenting from prevailing views on…

Boone County educators hit for violations of school council (SBDM) laws

But, the SBDM problems run much deeper If you looked at our video coverage of the testimony about School Based Decision Making (SBDM) from Monday’s meeting of the Kentucky Legislature’s Interim Joint Education Committee, you are aware that educators in the Boone County Public School District, one of the state’s more highly regarded school systems,…

Legislative committee discusses Kentucky’s school councils – Boone Co. Board Chair Ed Massey

Since at least the mid-1990s, Kentucky’s public schools have used a unique method of school governance built around the concept of School Based Decision Making (SBDM). This concept provides an amazing amount of power to a council located at each school to direct many important matters such as selection of curriculum, finally determining how the…

Legislative committee discusses Kentucky’s school councils – Bluegrass Institute President Jim Waters

Since at least the mid-1990s, Kentucky’s public schools have used a unique method of school governance built around the concept of School Based Decision Making (SBDM). This concept provides an amazing amount of power to a council located at each school to direct many important matters such as selection of curriculum, finally determining how the…

Legislative committee discusses Kentucky’s school councils – Superintendent Randy Poe

Since at least the mid-1990s, Kentucky’s public schools have used a unique method of school governance built around the concept of School Based Decision Making (SBDM). This concept provides an amazing amount of power to a council located at each school to direct many important matters such as selection of curriculum, finally determining how the…

Legislative committee discusses Kentucky’s school councils – Senator John Schickel

Since at least the mid-1990s, Kentucky’s public schools have used a unique method of school governance built around the concept of School Based Decision Making (SBDM). This concept provides an amazing amount of power to a council located at each school to direct many important matters such as selection of curriculum, finally determining how the…