A new twist in the Male High cheating scandal???

The cheating scandal at Louisville’s Male High School may have taken yet another interesting turn. Early in July the Kentucky Department of Education released a “Kentucky Assessment Allegation Report” on the Male situation. The report indicated among many other things that staff members at Male were threatened with being “Overstaffed” if they didn’t comply. Overstaffing…

Kentucky Department of Education wants your feedback on the state school accountability system

The Kentucky Department of Education has set up a survey to get public feedback on the Unbridled Learning school accountability program. This is a chance for members of the public to provide input, so if you have issues (reports too hard to read and understand, data too hard to find, scores don’t match with other…

Comments on the Charter School Debate: They are more accountable than traditional public schools

If you have not taken time to read our major charter school debate with UK professors Wayne Lewis and Martin Solomon, you owe it to yourself and Kentucky’s children to take some time to do so. The professors provide a good introduction into the issues of establishing charter schools in Kentucky from the viewpoint of…

Legislators file lawsuit to drop Common Core State Standards in Louisiana

Say adoption process violated state laws The Advocate reports: “The challenge, which was filed in the 19th Judicial District Court, contends that the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and the state Department of Education failed to follow the Administrative Procedures Act, which critics say was a required step that would have allowed crucial…

Will the union further control and water down Kentucky’s teacher discipline procedures?

With the brouhaha over improper testing activities at Louisville’s Male High School now headed to the Kentucky Educational Professional Standards Board (EPSB), I wondered if any initial action by that board might be planned for its next meeting on July 20-21, 2014. So, I checked out the agenda book for the meeting, which recently showed…

Oklahoma Supreme Court says legislature, not state board of education, has final word on Common Core

In a breathtakingly short four hours, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that state’s board of education can forget its arrogant idea that they trump the Oklahoma Legislature on important education decisions. As Joy Pullmann at the Heartland Institute reports, “The board of education argued the legislature has no constitutional right to determine public school curriculum…