Suppressing KY Board of Education questions regarding oversight of JCPS isn’t transparency

Especially when there’s admission that West End families in Louisville never had choice under the busing plan and unusual claims are made about funding The Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) held a teleconferenced meeting on April 9, 2020 that included an update from Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) Superintendent Marty Pollio on the status of…

Where’s JCPS?

The National Assessment Governing Board, which oversees the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), just Tweeted out an interesting graphic showing those participating school districts that had the largest increase in Grade 4 NAEP math scale scores between 2009 and 2019. You won’t find Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) in the original graphic although Kentucky’s…

Jefferson County’s NAEP performance – some of the rest of the story

On May 8, 2018 the Jefferson County Board of Education heard a briefing about how their district performed on the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) participated in the Trial Urban District Assessment part of the NAEP. The board heard only part of the story, however. The presenters played…

Go figure

The Rural Blog reported on November 30, 2017 that “The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is targeting the opioid epidemic in Appalachia by establishing a new field office in Louisville on Jan. 1.” You have to wonder about that. The Appalachian Regional Commission shows this region includes the following area. Louisville isn’t even in the Kentucky-Tennessee-West…

The folly of fiber in Forbes

In 2015, Google announced its intention to work with the city of Louisville to install Google Fiber in order to improve internet speeds for Louisvillians. Since the beginning, the process has been a mess of closed doors and bureaucracy. Recently, Louisville’s problem was nationally recognized on Forbes’ website. Commentator Steve Pociask discusses the proposal to bring high-speed…

Op-Ed shows how well-meaning parents get confused about Kentucky education

An interesting Op-Ed, authored by a Jefferson County woman named Gay Adelmann, showed up in the Courier-Journal a few days ago. Ostensibly, the article pushes Adelmann’s favored school board candidates. But, her convoluted arguments betray a considerable amount of confusion regarding which entities really control education in the commonwealth. Bluegrass Institute Scholar Gary Houchens has…

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…

Terrible, low bang-for-the-buck education idea in Louisville

Do you think building and operating a really expensive mockup of a NASA space center and mission launch control in one of our schools is a great educational idea? Well, as the Courier-Journal reports today in “Challenger Learning Center ‘on hold’ by JCPS,” the Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) did exactly that. Inevitably, this costly…