How well do Jefferson County schools serve foster care children?

The short answer to this question is very poorly. Hear exactly how poorly from Jackie Stamps, the Regional Director for the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Department of Community Based Services. [youtube=] Some of the things Ms. Stamps mentions are a depressingly low high school graduation rate for Jefferson County foster care children…

Why schools fail

Video from Kyle Olson Kyle Olson is a vice president at the Education Action Group Foundation. His comments made during the recent Kentucky Education Restoration Alliance’s Education Forum set out some hard realities that sooner or later we simply must face. [youtube=]

Legislators finally approve regulation to get honest about high school graduation rates

One important action taken in the May 14, 2010 meeting of the Kentucky Legislature’s Education Assessment and Accountability Review Subcommittee was the approval of a new edition of regulation Kentucky 703 KAR 5:060, “Interim Assessment and Accountability Process,” which governs the accountability program in the state. Included in this revision are requirements for Kentucky to…

UK economist John Garen on the myth of creating jobs by creating deficits

Recently University of Kentucky economist John Garen, Ph.D., took the time to discuss the currently very popular idea of creating jobs by mindless, irresponsible spending. Dr. John Garen on Creating Jobs by Creating Deficits from freedomky on Vimeo.

Educators need to fix their confusion about the Leadership Audits

There seems to be a great deal of confusion concerning actions being taken in Kentucky’s 10 Persistently Low-Achieving Schools. In particular, quotes from educators in Louisville concerning that city’s six Persistently Low-Achieving Schools betray massive misunderstanding, at the best. At the worst, there is a process of denial going on in Jefferson County as educators…