Special education: for boys only?

I’ve been writing over the past few days about a report on Kentucky’s special education programs that was given to the legislature’s Interim Joint Committee on Education on Monday. Until now, my comments have focused on data slides directly discussed in the meeting. However, as I read through the companion report I was absolutely awestruck…

Governor rode a dead horse

Gov. Steve Beshear refuses to consider Senate President David Williams’ plan to help Kentucky’s horse-racing industry address its most-challenging obstacles. As a result, the governor’s plan to add racinos at Kentucky’s horse-racing tracks failed to win enough support during a special legislative session and the commonwealth’s signature industry remains in danger of falling behind. Click…

New federal report shows even Mississippi beat us for fourth grade math scores!

The US Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences released a new report today on “Achievement Gaps, How Black and White Students in Public Schools Perform in Mathematics and Reading on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, Statistical Analysis Report.” The findings are bound to raise eyebrows here. Among the most shocking revelations: while some…

Newspaper: Jefferson County School Board flunking “Transparency 101” — Continued

I wrote yesterday about the Jefferson County School system evaluating their superintendent behind closed doors. I wondered why the board might want to do the evaluation in secret since, per the Courier-Journal, “Berman…thought his evaluation was positive.” So, I did a little digging this morning on the district’s performance on CATS and No Child Left…