Will it really happen?

Frost Middle School in Jefferson County closing? WAVE-3 reports that the Frost Middle School, one of the state’s 10 Persistently low-achieving schools, has been recommended for closure. But, wait, the school district is going to move the Phoenix School of Discovery into the same location. That’s not a charter school (we don’t have any), so…

UK economist John Garen on school choice

This is a great discussion with John Garen, Ph.D., professor of economics at the University of Kentucky and adjunct scholar with The Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, about school choice and the current education system in Kentucky. http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=11543258&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=&fullscreen=1

Does anyone know how to teach reading?

Federal study indicates supplemental reading programs don’t work Education Week reports (subscription) that a second-year follow-up study released yesterday of some supplemental reading programs that are supposed to improve student comprehension – don’t. Certainly, nationwide performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress indicates that reading has made scant improvement since the early 1990s. The…

Firing the wrong folks?

Lawrence High School principal and Site Base Decision Making Council out under new accountability program We discussed schools in trouble under the federal education program known as School Improvement Grants in an earlier blog. Now, it looks like staffers at Lawrence High School are going to get the axe under this new accountability program. However,…

Wednesday links…

Here are some great links to check out this Wednesday evening… State employee salary database: The Lexington Herald-Leader has made available a Kentucky state employee salary database on their website.  You can view it here. This is a great step toward enabling citizens to keep track of government spending and providing transparency!  Job well done,…