Hold UK’s budget negotiations @ center court

The Lexington Herald-Leader rightly calls for more openness in the University of Kentucky’s budget meetings. (They could also have added the need for more openness in the General Assembly’s budget process.) Budget negotiations — whether at the capitol or in a university board room often get complicated and messy, which is precisely the explanation that the university cites…

Allegations of cheating at Male High School expand

Earlier reported allegations of cheating on COMPASS tests at Louisville’s competitive magnet Male High School have now expanded with new allegations of improprieties, this time during ACT college entrance testing. The Courier-Journal reports in “Male principal David Mike reassigned in ACT inquiry” that former Male principal David Mike has been removed from his position at…

Can you get an above average education system when many teacher prep programs are below average?

A new report on the quality of teacher preparation programs across the country has been released by the National Council on Teacher Quality. There is also a focused report just on Kentucky. The news isn’t so good. According to the Herald-Leader: “Among the 37 Kentucky programs that were fully evaluated, 10 elementary and 10 secondary…

Louisiana’s governor dumping Common Core testing in his state

Wants Common Core out, too Louisiana’s governor Bobby Jindal just issued an executive order taking his state out of the Common Core State Standards testing program known as the Partnership of Assessments for College and Career Readiness (PARCC). In his press conference announcing the order, Jindal also says he will push for his legislature to…

MSNBC/WSJ Survey: Public not very happy with schools, barely half ever heard of Common Core

A new survey conducted for NBC News and the Wall Street Journal by Hart Research Associates/Public Opinion Strategies reveals some surprising information about how the nation thinks about its public school system in general and provides an interesting hint about what the people who do know about Common Core really think about it. Several things…

More secrecy: Kentucky’s public pension system refuses to shine the light on its investment practices

Two recent examples of government secrecy show that Kentucky is a long way from having the kind of transparency in its government institutions that will bring real accountability to taxpayers footing the bill: Not only are the double-and-triple dippers in Kentucky’s public pension system protected from public scrutiny, so are its investment practices. The Kentucky…