Kentucky’s Effective High School Graduation Rate

In his farewell interview with the Kentucky School Boards Association, now-departed Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday touted the increase in college readiness in Kentucky as his shining achievement, saying: “To this day, we’ve gone from 34 percent being college ready to this year when we will exceed 67 percent.” That got me thinking about…

Kentucky home schoolers shut down attempt to violate their privacy

This past summer the Home School Legal Defense Association jumped into a nasty attempt by Gallatin County Public Schools to intrude into the homes of local home schools. During the summer, a letter from the Gallatin County Public School District went out to all of the county’s homeschooling parents. The letter threatened a number of…

New Poll: Parents across country don’t like Common Core, BUT they do like school choice

The 47 Annual Phi Delta Kappan/Gallup poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools is out, and it shows very low parent support for Common Core State Standards exists across the country. The report specifically states: “A majority of public school parents oppose having teachers in their community use the Common Core State Standards…

JCPS busing policy a costly failure

In response to a question from the audience at Wednesday’s Louisville Forum evaluating the Jefferson County Public Schools’ busing policy over the last 40 years, Bluegrass Institute president Jim Waters noted that classrooms in schools of choice across the nation often are more diverse than even traditional public-school classrooms in the same districts. “Parents believe…

Legislator opposed to charter schools hears the facts

Kentucky State Representative Derrick Graham (D – Frankfort) is no fan of charter schools. As the chair of the House Education Committee, he has steadfastly blocked charter school legislation even though these public school choice options are producing significant results elsewhere. In this audio recording from the August 10, 2015 meeting of the Kentucky Legislature’s…

Kentucky Tonight Follow-Up – Rest of the story on CREDO charter school studies

I was pleased to participate in last night’s Kentucky Tonight broadcast on KET along with Kentucky Senator Mike Wilson, Kentucky Representative Derrick Graham, incumbent head of the Prichard Committee Brigitte Blom Ramsey and guest show host Renee Shaw (show online here). We had a lively discussion about many education issues that are likely to come…