Bluegrass Institute and KY Pastors in Action Coalition host US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

The Bluegrass Institute and the Kentucky Pastors in Action Coalition held a very interesting conference in Louisville on October 26, 2020 with US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. The meeting provided a chance for the secretary to hear from a number of black leaders in Louisville and also gave her a chance to make some…

Is the Jefferson County Public School District a failure?

To start, I didn’t raise the possibility of Jefferson County Public School District (JCPS) being an outright failure, and I am reluctant to use such extreme labeling in any event. However, in a recent editorial, Shea Van Hoy, editor-in-chief of Louisville Business First, wrote: “Why would someone with no kids in the local public school…

Preparation to teach reading for Kentucky’s elementary teachers is weak

We’ve talked before about data from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) regarding the quality of reading preparation programs in Kentucky. But, some new information has now caught our attention that adds more concerns that the Bluegrass State isn’t doing a good job of preparing elementary school teachers to teach this critical subject. Per…

News Release: Kentucky Pastors Coalition endorses ‘School Choice Now Act’

For Immediate Release: August 14, 2020 (LOUISVILLE, Ky.) – – The Kentucky Pastors in Action Coalition (KPAC), a faith-driven alliance of Black pastors dedicated to being the voice for raising the quality of education in Kentucky, have endorsed the School Choice Now Act recently introduced in the United States Senate. The legislation would give families…

The REST of the story on NAEP in Kentucky – AGAIN!

On Tuesday, the dubiously reorganized Kentucky Board of Education got an update on recent assessment results. This included a very brief and incomplete discussion of the state’s 2019 performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). It was an inadequate briefing, but the dubiously reorganized board members never questioned it. Let’s fix that. First,…

Tennessee joins Mississippi, others, in really requiring scientifically established reading instruction

Meanwhile, Kentucky just floats along The Volunteer state, apparently tired of showing up as lack luster in rankings such as this one I posted a few days back for the way its education schools instruct student teachers to teach reading, is moving forward. Now, Education Week reporter Catherine Gewertz says: “Tennessee Seeks New Teacher, Principal…