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…

Federally sponsored study: Boston’s charter high schools work

The National Center for Education Statistics’ What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) was established a number of years ago to find valuable needles in the incredibly large haystack of mostly unscientific, if not outright garbage, studies on education. WWC applies fairly rigorous rules to evaluate the real quality of research. Reports that don’t meet minimum quality standards…

Study shows charter school graduates more likely to complete college, earn higher salaries

Education Week reports that a new study conducted by a team of researchers from Georgia State University, Vanderbilt University, and Mathematica Policy Research shows “Charter School Graduates More Likely to Stay in College, Earn Higher Salaries.” While the study is a first step into this long-term impacts area, the reporters claim: “This early evidence of…

Homeschoolers and others could soon have alternative to Common Core aligned college entrance tests

Vector A.R.C. (Assessment of Readiness for College) is looking for volunteers to participate in Beta testing of its new Vector A.R.C. college readiness test. This will happen during the Great Home School Convention – Midwest coming up during March 31–April 2, 2016. The convention will be held at the Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm…

Charter school bill clears KY Senate’s Education Committee

A new bill to bring charter schools to Kentucky, Senate Bill 253, was passed in a nine-to-two vote by the Kentucky Legislature’s Education Committee yesterday amidst expected union pushback and an amazingly frank charge from Hal Heiner, Kentucky’s Secretary of Education, that the Kentucky Education Association is standing in the way of the best policies…