Surprise: Charter schools are better at retaining hard-to-educate students

One of the most frequent complaints heard from anti-charter school folks in Kentucky is that these schools of choice push out harder-to-educate students, thus inflating their performance. But a Manhattan Institute report released earlier this year challenges that. Per the study summary: “Students with disabilities and students learning English are more likely to remain in…

Another school system transparency law violation

The Courier-Journal reports that the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office just hit the Jefferson County Public School District with an Open Records Law violation for not making public information available in accordance with the law. This adds to a growing list of violations of the state’s transparency laws by various education agencies which even includes an…

Is Kentucky’s coal industry being destroyed for no good reason?

Climate experts complain about research to Congress The Heartlander is reporting that 300 climate experts are protesting climate data from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that they claim inflates the amount of global warming which is actually occurring. The experts also take issue with the idea that carbon dioxide is involved with any small…

Jefferson County Schools’ low bang for the buck in federal testing

Several days ago I blogged about some education finance issues dealing with the relatively low amount of federal funding for education in each state versus the requirement to follow federal mandates to receive that money. Today I offer another financial examination, this time looking at how Kentucky’s largest school district stacks up in the latest…

Columnist, parents not fooled by Kentucky’s Common Core review

Per Kentucky’s state education leaders, it was a big deal last year when the results came back from the Kentucky Core Academic Standards Challenge public comment program. Supposedly, there was overwhelming support to keep the Common Core based standards just as they are. Of course, the entire operation of the Challenge was biased. For starters,…