Bill to fix problems with Kentucky’s School Based Decision Making law moves out of Senate

Kentucky Senate Bill 7 (SB-7), which will make some important improvements to Kentucky’s troubled School Based Decision Making law, moved out of the Kentucky Senate on Thursday following a 20 – 15 vote. SB-7 makes some important changes in the division of authority between the locally elected school board and their superintendent and the state’s…

Throwing money at failing public schools has not helped

Education Next has a short, but attention-grabbing article up about “In the News: $773 Million Later, de Blasio Ends Signature Initiative to Improve Failing Schools.” But, the article touches on more than the massive failure in New York City, pointing out in general that the massively funded School Improvement Grant program from the Obama era…

Kentucky’s Priority Schools all going away…or are they?

One of the more important features of the impending revision to Kentucky’s public school assessment and accountability program is the ending of the state’s current Priority Schools program, which started life back in 2010 as the Persistently Low-Achieving Schools program. Since its inception in 2010, a total of 47 schools have entered Priority/Persistently Low-Achieving status,…

Why do our schools consistently avoid the most successful teaching approach of all – Part 4

I started this series several months ago with “Why do our schools consistently avoid the most successful teaching approach of all?” Today I add the fourth blog to the series, and the inspiration comes, shock of shocks, from the far from conservative The Atlantic, proving once again that education isn’t a liberal or conservative issue.…

Obama administration spent billions to fix failing schools, and it didn’t work

No, that isn’t our headline. This comes direct from the Washington Post! Such candor from the Post regarding one of former President Obama’s signature efforts, the School Improvement Grants program (SIG), is very attention grabbing. Reports the Post: “Test scores, graduation rates and college enrollment were no different in schools that received money through the…

Senate Bill 1: Squabbles are on

The most sweeping education reform bill since the 2010 advent of the Common Core State Standards in Kentucky is now under consideration as Senate Bill 1 from the 2016 Regular Legislative Session (SB-1/2016). This 90 plus-page bill (including amendments) impacts a host of important areas, including: • Changing the way Kentucky’s education standards and assessments…

Charter schools do outperform across the nation if students attend long enough to benefit

Since Governor Bevin’s election, the discussion about public charter schools has ratcheted up several notches. Kentucky’s new governor publicly supports charter schools as one tool that can help boost the currently lagging performance in the state’s public school system, especially for minority students. Still, anti-charter sentiment from adults in our existing education establishment remains strident,…

Is there more educational genocide in Louisville’s school system?

Those of us at the Bluegrass Institute are still reeling from the shocking announcement yesterday that Dr. Dewey Hensley, one of the real educational stars in Kentucky, is quitting his post as the chief academic officer at the Jefferson County Public School District (JCPS). For sure, Hensley’s resignation letter makes it very clear: he isn’t…