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…

Bellwether Education Partners raising concerns about high school graduation rate validity

I am not the only one who is raising concerns about the education quality behind the increases in high school graduation rates being reported across the nation. Bellwether Education Partners clearly share my concerns, as this article, “What Good Are Higher Graduation Rates If Students Aren’t Learning More?” clearly states. Check my multi-part blog series,…

Bluegrass Beacon — Change the culture of secrecy: Pledge transparency

A recent S&P Global Ratings survey declares that the commonwealth where Lincoln was born now has the nation’s worst pension crisis, a distinction previously held by neighboring Illinois, known as the Land of Lincoln. The only ones who can ultimately apply the prescription needed to fix what S&P describes as a $31.2 billion shortfall will…

Bluegrass Institute urges legislators to support pension transparency

Bluegrass Institute President Jim Waters offered the following prepared testimony supporting making individual public retirees’ benefits transparent at a recent meeting of the Public Pension Oversight Board in the Capitol Annex in Frankfort: I would like to thank the members of the Public Pension Oversight Board for the invitation to participate in this meeting today.…

EDUCATION ROUND TABLE WITH DR. RAND PAUL: SCHOOL CHOICE

This school choice round table meets tomorrow, Tuesday October 25, 2016 at 3 pm at: Midwest Church of Christ 2115 Garland Avenue Louisville, KY Panelists Include: Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton Pastor Jerry Stephenson, Pastor Midwest Church of Christ Heather Huddleston, Executive Director of School Choice Scholarships Robert Blair, Former Headmaster at KCD and founder of…