KY Higher Ed Chief: KERA needs major revisions

Stands in the way of progress in Kentucky’s schools Echoes BIPPS concerns Bob King, President of Kentucky’s Council on Postsecondary Education, attended his last meeting of the Kentucky Board of Education on Wednesday, and, setting aside his prepared remarks, he wound up delivering a retirement call to arms, calling for major revisions to Kentucky’s education…

NAEP 2017 – Overall Kentucky’s performance flat to declining

The two tables below were assembled from tools in the National Center for Education Statistics’ NAEP web site. They don’t tell a good tale for Kentucky public education. Generally, after allowing for the statistical sampling error in NAEP, the state’s scores remained flat though the drops in several cases were probably right on the edge…

SB 55 contains common-sense reforms for school council policy

This week’s Bluegrass Beacon column responds to one particular aspect of a recent missive by Ronda Harmon, executive director of the Kentucky Association of School Councils, in which she labels those of us questioning the effectiveness of the School-Based Decision Making (SBDM) approach toward governing schools as “public school opponents.” There’s also little evidence to…

Bluegrass Beacon: Councils just another failed fad of KERA

Editor’s note: The Bluegrass Beacon is a weekly syndicated statewide newspaper column posted on the Bluegrass Institute website after being released to and published by newspapers statewide. Former House Speaker Jody Richards recently announced he would not seek re-election this year. Richards, D-Bowling Green, who went to Frankfort the year Jimmy Carter was elected president,…

Bluegrass Beacon – Missing: Checks and balances for school council

Masterminds of the Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA) intended by choosing to establish School-Based Decision Making (SBDM) councils as schools’ governing bodies to deal with nepotism primarily in rural areas. Such favoritism did result in abuse of power, often in smaller districts which some superintendents treated as their own personal fiefdoms by hiring family members…

BIPPS in Lexington Herald-Leader: Challenging KERA’s ‘success’

Some defenders of the education status quo contend that the existence of the Kentucky Education Reform Act renders charter schools useless in the Bluegrass State. But staff education analyst Richard Innes challenges the claim, taking issue with KERA architect David Hornbeck’s recent assertions that “Kentucky children have made more progress than any other state in…