More on Jefferson County Schools funding level

I wrote two days ago about a local National Public Radio affiliate’s article on public school finances that seems to portray the per pupil funding for Kentucky’s largest public school district, the Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) in a questionable way. That first blog used enrollment and spending information from the US Census Bureau’s “Public…

Why I am uncomfortable with trying to tie specific improvements in school quality to increases in Kentucky’s economy

At the outset, I want to make it clear that I think boosting the level of education in Kentucky can reap good economic benefits for the state. For one example, folks in Northern Kentucky tell that robotics-based manufacturers in this part of the state can’t find enough qualified workers. The situation is so serious that…

Jefferson County schools poorly funded?

National Public Radio is starting a series on school funding across the US, and the local affiliate station in Louisville, WFPL, just ran an article titled “Louisville Is Behind The Curve In Public School Funding,” which draws some data from the nationwide series. But, is Louisville (actually the Jefferson County Public School District [JCPS]) really…

Innes talks new college entrance test with 55KRC’s Brian Thomas on Thursday

Bluegrass Institute staff education analyst Richard Innes will talk about the new Vector A.R.C. college entrance test with 55KRC talk show host Brian Thomas at 8:05 am Eastern Daylight Time tomorrow. The Vector A.R.C. (Assessment of Readiness for College) is a new test intended as an alternative for the SAT and the ACT. Both of…

Study shows charter school graduates more likely to complete college, earn higher salaries

Education Week reports that a new study conducted by a team of researchers from Georgia State University, Vanderbilt University, and Mathematica Policy Research shows “Charter School Graduates More Likely to Stay in College, Earn Higher Salaries.” While the study is a first step into this long-term impacts area, the reporters claim: “This early evidence of…

Daily News Op-Ed: Kentucky’s amazing graduation and readiness rates – are they credible?

Several days ago the Daily News in Bowling Green published an editorial praising the Kentucky Department of Education’s reported rapid rise in numerous Kentucky school districts of high school graduates considered college and/or career ready. I know there are major concerns regarding the validity of these statistics and contacted the Daily News editor to discuss…