Current environment provides opportunity to advance school choice

Editor’s note: The Bluegrass Beacon is a weekly syndicated newspaper column posted on the Bluegrass Institute’s website after being published by newspapers statewide. The following column was originally released on June 11, 2020.   “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity,” Albert Einstein said. Whether we see – and seize – the available opportunities during…

Maybe this is why Lincoln is NEVER mentioned in Kentucky’s social studies standards

Regular readers of this blog know I am no fan of the current edition of Kentucky’s public school social studies standards (Use the search term “Social Studies” to find many critical blogs). The state’s standards are excessively long on vague process but virtually devoid of content. The amount of important historical material that is ignored…

Which type of school gets more funding – charter or traditional?

Finally, some fairly credible data There has been a virtual fur fight going on between supporters and detractors of charter schools regarding the question of whether charters get more funding per pupil than traditional schools. Now, a fairly recent report from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) provides some interesting data about the subject.…

Where would public school teachers like to send their own children to school?

EdChoice recently issued an interesting report about 2019 SCHOOLING IN AMERICA, Public Opinion on K–12 Education, Busing, Technology, and School Choice. It has an interesting graph that shows where parents and public school teachers would like to send their own children to school. Here is that graph. The top bar shows the preferences for parents.…

New NAEP shows charter schools in Atlanta make difference for black students, and it’s getting better!

Despite a lot of hand-wringing about the new, generally disappointing results in the National Assessment of Educational Progress’ (NAEP) reading and math results for 2019, there is a real bright spot regarding Atlanta’s charter schools. Without question, black students who attend Atlanta’s charter schools do notably better than black students who attend that city’s traditional…