Coming to a state near you, Kentuckians: More choices for parents, chances for kids

While Congress was busy passing a bill that would restore the torpedoed D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program on Wednesday, a state closer to (my old Kentucky) home was also passing landmark education legislation dealing with school choice and spending. Indiana’s House of Representatives approved a voucher bill allowing students in a family of four with household…

We Need School Choice

So says the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Education Organization (CEO). Unfortunately, adult interests are overriding the best interests of students and parents in the struggle to educate our youth. The CEO also points out: “Too many of our legislators talk about children and the need for better education, but are more worried about supporting the adult groups…

Get this straight Kentucky: Parents ALWAYS lose against teachers in school council votes

In its article, “Reducing band director’s position frustrates crowd,” The State Journal (subscription) just provided another great example of the power that teachers – not parents – have in Kentucky’s schools. This story just played out in Franklin County. At issue: Due to tight funding, what staff positions should be cut at Franklin County High…

Sorry Mr. Jefferson County Superintendent: It just isn’t so!

Jefferson County Superintendent talking mush about turning around low-performing schools Fantasy: “I just don’t think the transformation model is effective in producing immediate, dramatic change. It may have some long term benefits, but they are really long term.” Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Sheldon Berman, quoted March 29, 2011 by the Louisville Courier-Journal Fact: As…

Tennessee: Your difference is showing

If you check out Western Kentucky University’s new Center for Applied Economics online, here’s some things you will find out about the commonwealth and its economic vitality: Kentucky’s economy relies more heavily on manufacturing than all of the surrounding states other than Indiana. The commonwealth is 59 percent more dependent on manufacturing than the national…