Op-ed: School choice better than decades-old failed KERA, busing policies

The ultimate goals of both the decades-old Jefferson County Public Schools’ (JCPS) busing plan and Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA) were similar: improve the academic performance all students, especially that of traditionally disadvantaged kids like racial minorities and those in poverty. Yet, a new Bluegrass Institute report shows the goals remain disturbingly far from being…

MEDIA ALERT: Bluegrass Institute report indicates growing racial academic, graduation gaps in JCPS

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, June 9, 2020 (LOUISVILLE, Ky.) – A new report by the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, Kentucky’s first and only free-market think tank, indicates a continuing – and disturbing – failure by the Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) to close its decades-long – and growing – graduation and academic-achievement gaps between…

News release: New board, reform-minded commissioner offer optimism for closing gaps, improving Ky’s education performance

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) – The Kentucky Board of Education named Wayne D. Lewis Jr., executive director of Education Policy and Programs in the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, as the commonwealth’s interim education commissioner today. Lewis, Ph.D., replaces Stephen Pruitt, who in September 2015 was unanimously approved as the sixth education commissioner in Kentucky’s history.…

BIPPS in Lexington Herald-Leader: Challenging KERA’s ‘success’

Some defenders of the education status quo contend that the existence of the Kentucky Education Reform Act renders charter schools useless in the Bluegrass State. But staff education analyst Richard Innes challenges the claim, taking issue with KERA architect David Hornbeck’s recent assertions that “Kentucky children have made more progress than any other state in…

Bluegrass Beacon: Clinton’s backflip on charter schools ‘a step backwards’

Hillary Clinton supported charter schools before being endorsed by the big teachers’ unions and receiving access to their cash and get-out-the-vote efforts. Clinton wrote in her memoir “It Takes a Village” that she favors “promoting choice among public schools,” while later claiming “charter schools are a way of bringing teachers and parents and communities together.”…

Pastors coalition releases education-choice platform; will call on gubernatorial candidates to sign

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 2, 2015 Contact: Pastor Jerry L Stephenson, Senior Pastor, Midwest Church of Christ (812) 207-7156 jlscofc@twc.com The news conference will take place, 9:30am, Monday, October 5, 2015 at Christ Temple Christian Life Center, 723 S. 45th, Louisville, KY 40211 KENTUCKY PASTORS IN ACTION COALITION WILL RELEASE IN A PRESS…

Bluegrass Beacon: Hopeful rhetoric adorns wall of school-choice obstructionism

House Education Committee Chairman Derrick Graham’s recent op-ed reveals his clear understanding of Kentucky’s education deficiencies. Graham, D-Frankfort, is well aware of the “persistent disparities in performance between groups of students, especially those defined as minorities, disabled or low-income.” He eloquently addresses how “students caught in the achievement gap are disproportionately from African-American, Latino and…