Wanting low standards in Louisville

Jefferson County Board of Education member Linda Duncan is one confused lady. She writes in the Courier-Journal that she is upset because the state’s educators want kids to at least score “Proficient” in math and reading on the state’s assessments. Ms. Duncan mistakenly thinks the level of performance considered “Proficient” as determined by Frankfort is…

Northern Kentucky Chamber: Schools failing to prepare students for jobs of the future

Comments from the lead article in this Sunday’s Business Section of the Kentucky Enquirer are stunning. “Even as the region’s unemployment rate remains stubbornly high, well-paying jobs across Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati have gone unfilled. ‘Employers are telling us that they can’t get the employees they need because the local work force doesn’t have…

Should the 17th Amendment be repealed?

Chris Derry, Bluegrass Institute founder and board member, had a letter published in Sunday’s Bowling Green Daily News offering an argument for repealing the 17th Amendment, which changed the process for electing United States senators. Previously senators were elected by state legislatures; now, of course, they are chosen by popular vote. Give the article a…

CATS fiction continues

Let’s get this clear. There is no CATS accountability program in Kentucky anymore. There hasn’t been one since early 2009. The CATS assessment program was thrown out by Senate Bill 1 during the Kentucky Legislature’s 2009 Regular Legislative Session when legislators realized that CATS and its academic tests were not giving us accurate information about…