Then there were only 7 states without charter schools

Kentucky’s still part of a vanishing breed Alabama just became the 43rd state with a charter school law. Meanwhile, here in Kentucky some union-backing House legislators vainly continue to try to make the traditional public school system work for disadvantaged kids with essentially nothing more than traditional ideas. After nearly 25 years of the Kentucky…

Misinformation won’t fix Kentucky’s school achievement gaps

But, charter school bill advances, anyway The Kentucky Senate’s Education Committee voted on February 5, 2015 on the Senate Bill 8 to create a charter school pilot in Kentucky. During the discussion before the vote, Senator Reginald Thomas (D) Lexington, argued that charter schools are not required. Along the way he said several things that…

Dr. Wayne Lewis on Kentucky Charter School Bill

Yesterday the Kentucky Legislature’s Education Committee adopted what members of the Kentucky Department of Education characterized Wednesday as a “Cadillac Charter School Bill.” The bill, Senate Bill 8 next faces a vote in the Kentucky Senate. SB-8 contains many excellent charter school features. Professor Wayne Lewis from the University of Kentucky (a charter school expert…

Charter school bill clears Kentucky Senate Education Committee

In a solid eight to two victory today (with two senators absent) the Kentucky Legislature’s Education Committee adopted what members of the Kentucky Department of Education characterized Wednesday as a “Cadillac Charter School Bill.” The bill, Senate Bill 8 next faces a vote in the full Kentucky Senate. SB-8 contains many excellent charter school features.…

Charter bill to be heard in Kentucky Senate Committee

The Kentucky Senate’s Education Committee will take up Senate Bill 8, which is a comprehensive bill to create charter schools in Kentucky, tomorrow. Without question charter schools could help with one major problem in Kentucky’s schools – the continuing and growing achievement gap between the state’s white and black students. This problem was discussed again…

Quote of the Day: Critics try to have it both ways on charter research

(CREDO) “studies are an amusing Rorsarch test for charter critics. The ones about places where charters are underperforming are widely cited and CREDO is presented as an august institution to be heeded in a Solomon-like fashion. When one comes out showing a city or state where charters are dramatically outpacing other schools it’s crickets or…

New poll shows strong majority favor school choice; Democrats on board, too!

A new national poll from the American Federation for Children shows a solid majority of likely voters in the United States favor school choice. Some key findings: – 69 percent support school choice, including 45 percent who strongly support it while 27 percent oppose it – 63 percent support private school choice, specifically “opportunity scholarships,…

Suspension chaos in Louisville’s “reformed” problem middle schools

Could a charter school system have worked better? Louisville’s Robert Frost Middle School and Myers Middle School have been a major problem for years. Frost was tagged as a Persistently Low-Achieving School (PLAs) in the very first “Cohort” named in the spring of 2010. Myers followed into Persistently Low-Achieving status about a year and a…