How will the new Jefferson County Schools of Innovation help students in Persistently Low-Achieving Schools?

Can Jefferson County even afford these new school ideas? Last night the Jefferson County Board of Education selected two models to be the district’s first “Schools of Innovation” under Kentucky’s “Districts of Innovation” law. Collectively, the choices were disappointing. Jefferson County has the state’s largest concentration of “Persistently Low-Achieving” high schools – 10 of them.…

Hearing: Onerous new federal free and reduced cost school lunch rules causing problems

The Kentucky Legislature’s Elementary and Secondary Education Subcommittee held a hearing today on the operation and problems with the recently revised federal free and reduced cost school lunch program. While this program is intended to help needy kids, the new, one-size-must-fit-all rules are creating major problems for Kentucky state educators who are trying to make…

Comments on the Charter School Debate: More on charter school performance from the National Assessment of Educational Progress

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…

Comments on the Charter School Debate: What Does Kentucky’s Education Progress Really Look Like?

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…

Comments on the Charter School Debate: What’s really in those CREDO charter school reports?

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…

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…