Prichard Committee now using our Effective High School Graduation Rate

In their new report, “2016 Statewide Results: An Excellence with Equity Report,” the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence now recognizes the value of a high school performance metric we introduced over a year ago. The Bluegrass Institute’s “Effective High School Graduation Rate,” has real value for helping to determine the performance of education systems in…

Heather Huddleston on school choice

Heather Huddleston knows an important story, and she knows it better than almost anyone else in Kentucky. As the executive director of School Choice Scholarships, Heather works with kids the traditional public school system in Louisville just doesn’t serve well. Heather helps these kids get needs-based scholarships to attend private schools where these students regularly…

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…