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…

Innes to appear on Kentucky Tonight Monday

Richard Innes, the Bluegrass Institute’s staff education analyst, is scheduled to appear Monday, June 22, 2015 on KET’s Kentucky Tonight show. Per KET: “Substitute host Renee Shaw and her guests discuss education. Scheduled guests: Representative Derrick Graham, chair of the House Education Committee; Senator Mike Wilson, chair of the Senate Education Committee; Richard Innes, staff…