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…

EDUCATION ROUND TABLE WITH DR. RAND PAUL: SCHOOL CHOICE

This school choice round table meets tomorrow, Tuesday October 25, 2016 at 3 pm at: Midwest Church of Christ 2115 Garland Avenue Louisville, KY Panelists Include: Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton Pastor Jerry Stephenson, Pastor Midwest Church of Christ Heather Huddleston, Executive Director of School Choice Scholarships Robert Blair, Former Headmaster at KCD and founder of…

Recent urban district study shows many charter schools outperform

Last year the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University published a report on the way charter schools perform for inner city students in some of the nation’s major urban areas. In its “Urban Charter School Study, March 2015” report, CREDO provides two graphs that show the relative performance of those urban…

KY Ed. Secretary lays it out for state board of education

“Kentucky’s Achievement Gaps: Our Collective Failure” In one of the most remarkable addresses ever from a Kentucky Secretary of Education to the Kentucky Board of Education, Secretary Hal Heiner made it crystal clear that after a quarter of a century of education reform: • “Kentucky’s gaps between the academic performance of Black and White students…

Charter school myth exposed in Massachusetts

One of the myths we hear from opponents of charter schools is that these schools of choice disproportionately take money away from traditional public schools. Up in Massachusetts, the Boston Globe says a new report from the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation shows that just isn’t so. The report summarizes: “Examination of school funding trends in districts…

North Carolina survey: Parents want more school choices

NC choices especially help African-American males Unlike Kentucky, North Carolina already has some great school choice options for low-income students including a charter school system. Thanks to those options, that state now has evidence that especially for African-American males, schools of choice are proving far more successful at overcoming significant achievement gaps faced by these…

Prichard analyst now admits Kentucky has a major school achievement gap problem

Sounding more like a BIPPS scholar than a member of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, Prichard analyst Susan Perkins Westin just had a rather interesting Op-Ed published in the Lexington Herald-Leader. She points out that a bill passed in 2002 to address the achievement gaps situation in Kentucky’s public schools has been largely ignored…

Governor Bevin calling for charter school legislation in 2017

WKMS public broadcast radio from Murray State University says that Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin is calling for charter school legislation for the Bluegrass State in 2017. And, it looks like Kentucky could get financial help to establish charters from the federal government. Even the Prichard Committee admits that Kentucky’s chronic achievement gaps continue after more…

More talk of education reform won’t work – again – if educators don’t buy in

As Kentucky’s education leaders debate education reforms again, a thought-provoking article in the Denver Post is worth consideration. In “If educators don’t buy in, education reform fails” author Dick Hilker points to an obvious history of remarkable resistance within the nation’s education system to making substantial changes. Although there have been massive efforts at education…