Common Core curriculum won’t prepare kids for Kentucky’s Gatton and Craft Academies

It is no secret that the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science at Western Kentucky University has been proclaimed the top public high school in Kentucky – and even in the nation – for years. After all, Gatton is basically a highly competitive magnet high school that draws top students from across Kentucky. And, as…

Prichard Committee’s praise for instructional impacts of Common Core makes no sense!

Kentucky’s Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence has always been ready to blow its happy horn for Kentucky’s schools – regardless of those schools’ actual performance. A new case in point just arrived with Prichard’s short paper, “Finding Solutions, Standards Push Students Toward Real-Life Problems.” This paper focuses on the way: “Kentucky’s standards for learning in…

Courier-Journal: ‘State: schools inflated program review scores’

Picking up and even expanding upon the issue of inflated scoring in Kentucky’s new Program Reviews for school accountability that I wrote about earlier today, the Courier-Journal in Louisville also points to the serious problems that were admitted to today in the Kentucky Board of Education’s meeting. The Courier points to telling comments from Kentucky…

Terrible, low bang-for-the-buck education idea in Louisville

Do you think building and operating a really expensive mockup of a NASA space center and mission launch control in one of our schools is a great educational idea? Well, as the Courier-Journal reports today in “Challenger Learning Center ‘on hold’ by JCPS,” the Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) did exactly that. Inevitably, this costly…

Jefferson County Schools’ busing woes never end

We’ve written a ton of articles over the years about the expensive, environmentally unfriendly, and largely ineffective busing-for-integration effort that is still going on in Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) (just search our blog using “busing Jefferson County” in the search window). But, it looks like citizens of Kentucky’s biggest city just love to bang…

Kentucky needs charter schools in more places than Louisville!

A lot of people understand that Kentucky’s largest city would benefit from more school options for students including charter schools operated independent of the stifling restrictions from bureaucracy and union influences in Louisville. Now, however, another hot prospect has emerged with a vengeance, and this time it is Lexington – not Louisville – that becomes…