New federal data exposes serious inflation in Kentucky’s high school graduation rates

A new report from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) at the US Department of Education’s National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) provides disturbing evidence that the Kentucky Department of Education’s (KDE) official estimates of high school graduation rates are not only inflated, but they may also be painting an inaccurate picture of the recent…

USSR’s economy and USA’s schools: More freedom, not more money, was/is the answer

What do America’s public schools and the former Soviet Union’s economy have in common? They’re both “failed systems,” said Indiana University Southeast economics professor Eric Schansberg, Ph.D. Check out this brilliant analogy by Schansberg at the Bluegrass Institute’s Friedman Legacy Day breakfast on Friday at the University of Louisville’s Elaine Chao auditorium. http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=13774723&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=&fullscreen=1 Grocery Store…

Milton Friedman honored today

The Bluegrass Institute honored the late economist Milton Friedman today in an annual event that featured a number of interesting speakers and a panel question and answer session. Here is the keynote address from the Bluegrass Institute’s Vice President for Policy and Communications Jim Waters. Stay tuned for more from this event. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6PujhIp0pM]

Massachusetts’ governor axes school board members who raised questions

Could something similar have happened here? Editors at the Boston Globe are clearly worried about the replacement of two of the Massachusetts Board of Education’s most outspoken critics of the recent decision to drop Massachusetts’ highly regarded education standards. Instead, the state is signing on to the ‘Common Core Standards’ that Kentucky recently adopted. The…

Open records update

Operation: Open Records 2010 marches on! Requests were sent yesterday to obtain the check registers for the last fiscal year to those schools who opted to reply to previous records requests via their lawyers.  We talked a little bit about this when it was revealed that Grant County Schools (a district with 5 schools) paid…