New report adds more evidence that Kentucky’s poor students get treated differently

On October 18, 2016 the Kentucky Office of Education Accountability (OEA) presented an important report about achievement gaps in Kentucky’s schools. Normally, it takes the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission many months after a report is approved before it appears in final, edited version in their web site, and the next legislative session will likely be…

Charter Schools aren’t the only place adults make off with money meant for kids

Former Shelby County Public Schools payroll manager gets 18 years for swiping $600,000 One of the complaints we hear from opponents of charter schools regards corrupt finances. There has been fiscal misbehavior in a few charter schools. However, the traditional public school system in Kentucky is far from trouble free in this area. Unfortunately, Kentucky’s…

Superintendent tells how Kentucky’s School Based Decision Making Council (SBDM) laws tie elected board members’ hands

Discussion shows how SBDM laws render parents and school boards powerless Parents in the Boone County Public School District are getting an interesting education these days. They are learning that their locally elected school board and their school superintendent have absolutely no authority regarding what may be some very bad curriculum choices recently made in…

Governor Bevin sets sights on Common Core and School Choice

In a post-election interview covered by the Northern Kentucky Tribune, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin specifically said he will work to reject the Common Core State Standards in Kentucky’s public schools. These highly controversial standards currently comprise the state’s reading, writing and math standards. With the new Republican majorities in the Kentucky House and Senate, Governor…

Bluegrass Institute News Release: Transparency a winning issue in Tuesday’s history-making election

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 Contact: Jim Waters @ (270) 320-4376 (LEXINGTON, Ky.) — Voters handing Kentucky Republicans an overwhelming — and historic — majority in the state House of Representatives during Tuesday’s presidential election clearly indicated support for a more open, transparent and accountable government. Perhaps nowhere was this clearer than in the 95th…

What happened when Boston allowed its best charter schools to set up new campuses?

New MIT study says: The replication schools also provided superior performance. One of the major contentions of charter school critics is that these schools of choice cannot be scaled up or replicated on a larger scale to include more students. Well, new MIT research on the top-performing charter schools in Boston now undermines those notions.…

Op-Ed shows how well-meaning parents get confused about Kentucky education

An interesting Op-Ed, authored by a Jefferson County woman named Gay Adelmann, showed up in the Courier-Journal a few days ago. Ostensibly, the article pushes Adelmann’s favored school board candidates. But, her convoluted arguments betray a considerable amount of confusion regarding which entities really control education in the commonwealth. Bluegrass Institute Scholar Gary Houchens has…