Education Trust backs us up – Kentucky’s Unbridled Learning isn’t getting the gap picture right

Much of the morning in yesterday’s meeting of the Kentucky Board of Education was devoted to discussions of improvements needed in the state’s Unbridled Learning public school accountability program. National experts from the Education Trust told the state board some of the same things that we have been saying in our reports for more than…

What kind of bang are Kentucky taxpayers getting for all those KCTCS bucks?

Bluegrass Institute president Jim Waters offered analysis to the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting on the secrecy and lack of accountability to taxpayers in the hiring of a new Kentucky Community and Technical College Systems president. KCIR is a partner with Louisville public radio 89.3 WFPL News and carried Waters’ comment as well. Concerning outgoing…

Should Kentucky’s Teacher Tribunals go on trial?

The movie “Waiting for Superman” talks about a “Dance of the Lemons,” an unfortunate outcome of the fact that it is virtually impossible to fire bad educators in this country. Sometimes, bad ones are just traded to another school system – solving nothing, of course. Getting bad teachers completely out of the schoolhouse is often impossible.…

Busing won’t fix decades-old education gaps in Jefferson County

The Louisville Courier-Journal is spreading ink and electrons again regarding supposed uneven racial demographics in the Jefferson County Public Schools. This despite the fact that USA Today reports that Louisville has a better racial mix in its schools than other areas of the country. The unfortunate truth is that a better racial mix in schools…

Bluegrass Beacon: Government programs ‘should not be shrouded in mystery’

A lack of transparency puts taxpayers who fund the government, including its secretive practices, at a distinct disadvantage from which it’s difficult to recover. So says the man widely hailed as a key architect of the imploding, incompetently named Affordable Care Act. “Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage and basically, call it the…

Debunked: Charter school myths you can hear in Kentucky

Here is a discussion about some common myths about charter schools. This comes from people involved with these innovative, public schools of choice in Philadelphia. Students in a Philadelphia charter high schools benefit from results like zero dropout rates and 97 to 100 percent college going rates. No wonder members of the Philadelphia teachers union…