Does all that busing in Jefferson County schools work?

Last week Governor Bevin touched on one of the Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) self-inflicted education problems when he discussed the excessive and hugely expensive school busing situation in the school district, saying: “Are we really helping these children by taking them from one community, putting them on a bus … to another community where…

Do Kentucky’s KPREP school assessments do what they are supposed to do?

If so, why is the evidence not available after five years of KPREP testing? The Bluegrass Institute has discovered a rather extraordinary January 6, 2017 letter from the US Department of Education to Kentucky Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt. This letter says evidence provided by the Kentucky Department of Education only shows that the state’s…

Even local newspaper isn’t buying school board’s anti-charter stance

We just got an interesting “vote” for charter schools. It will come as a shock to the Elizabethtown Independent School Board. Even the local newspaper’s editors in Elizabethtown are not buying their local school board’s bias against charter schools. In “Time to charter a different course,” the News-Enterprise newspaper in Elizabethtown clearly says it’s time…

Brookings Institution catching on: there is a real problem with falling employment rates

We have written before about the obvious problem with the nation’s falling employment rates. These rates, unlike the unemployment rates, are not jimmied when job seekers lose hope and just stop looking for work. And, as we have written several times, including here and here, the employment data, technically called the “Labor Force Participation Rate,”…

Will Congress throw a major monkey wrench at pending Kentucky laws and school accountability programs?

As the Kentucky Board of Education prepares to hear proposals for a major revision to the state’s assessment and accountability program this Tuesday, and as the Kentucky legislature mulls Senate Bill 1, which is in part a reaction to the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Education Week reports that the major enabling regulation for…

There’s still more to “The rest of the story” as folks try to defend Common Core

I’ve been writing about how lines are already forming in the fight to end Kentucky’s use of the Common Core State Standards for math and English language arts. Poorly-aimed shots already were fired last week in an Op-Ed that appeared under the title “Column: Common Core: If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it” in the…

Kentucky under Common Core: The opinion survey that really matters

As I wrote yesterday, with the Kentucky legislature coming back into session, a big question to be decided is whether the state will continue to use the Common Core State Standards for its English language arts and math standards. Already, lines are forming, and poorly-aimed shots were fired last week in an Op-Ed that appeared…