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…

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…