To read, or not (Part 1)

Sunday Special Lead Article Too many Kentucky schools may be expending little, if any, effort to teach children with learning disabilities to read. At the same time, highly questionable testing practices provide an inflated picture of the true reading performance of students across the commonwealth. And, many Kentucky teachers are expending a tremendous amount of…

PAC formed to oppose teachers’ union influence in Kentucky

WFPL Radio reports that heavy campaign funding by Kentucky’s teachers’ unions is drawing some opposition. Campaign finance records obtained by the Bluegrass Institute show that the Jefferson County Teachers Association sometimes has spent more than $100,000 in “Independent Expenditures” to support individual candidates that union favored in past school board races. It is difficult to…

New Bluegrass Institute report: Bang for the Buck 2012

(EMINENCE, Ky.) – A new Bluegrass Institute study ranking efficiency in Kentucky’s public schools confirms that the commonwealth’s students – even those from poor homes – can receive a better education in spite of current economic challenges that impact the state budget and education funding. “Bang for the Buck 2012: How efficient are Kentucky’s schools?”…

Jefferson County shows why simplistic analysis of scores doesn’t always work

To support a radio interview today with Bluegrass Institute’s President, Jim Waters, on WLLV in Louisville, I assembled some of the latest education statistics for Jefferson County (JeffCo) and Kentucky. The table below shows the most recently released score and graduation rate information from the Kentucky Department of Education’s web site, including the “Open House”…

Politics as usual in Louisville’s school board elections

WFPL reports “Teachers Union Could Spend Big on JCPS Board Endorsements.” What an understatement. In past years the Jefferson County Teachers Association (JCTA) made “independent expenditures” of over $100,000 a piece in support of individual candidates in the county’s school board races. There is nothing illegal in this, but such overwhelming financial support makes it…