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…

Those large Kentucky high school graduation rates – The school-level story

I wrote recently about the fact that Kentucky’s recently reported high school graduation rates might be more due to social promotion than real improvement in education. That first blog in this series looked at overall statewide averages for a statistic we have developed called the Transition Ready Graduation Rate (TRGR). This shows the proportion of…

Kentucky’s new graduation requirements still a hot topic

Even though Kentucky’s new statewide minimum high school graduation requirements were approved during the December 5, 2018 meeting of the Kentucky Board of Education, the subject continues to draw major attention and controversy. I was party to a discussion on the Kentucky Tonight October 15, 2018 show about what was then being proposed for the…

Education action on high school diploma quality moves forward, but slowly

The Kentucky Board of Education met today and a number of important items were on the agenda. Action was taken on a final version of a much-revised set of minimum high school graduation requirements. These have been steadily watered down as various education interests have pointed to supposed problems with earlier, notably more rigorous versions…

Can it be even the Kentucky’s Legislature doesn’t value state’s high school diplomas – More information

I wrote earlier that the Herald-Leader reported a few days ago that Kentucky now requires candidates to produce a high school transcript proving completion of the 12th grade to be shown to county clerks when registering to run for a local school board position. The Herald-Leader says nothing about a high school diploma being acceptable.…

Can It be Even Kentucky’s Legislature Doesn’t Value State’s High School Diplomas?

The Herald-Leader reported a few days ago that Kentucky now requires candidates to produce a high school transcript proving completion of the 12th grade to be shown to county clerks when registering to run for a local school board position. The Herald-Leader says nothing about a high school diploma being acceptable. The article says only…