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…

Herald-Leader columnist doesn’t buy union attack on charter schools

Herald-Leader columnist Merlene Davis posted interesting comments about charter schools in an interview she recently conducted with Jessica Hiler, president of the Fayette County Education Association. The union leader trotted out most of the union’s anti-charter arguments, but Ms. Davis clearly wasn’t buying. When Hiler said that charter schools don’t produce higher achievement than traditional…

Don’t charter schools perform about the same as regular public schools?

We hear the question in this blog’s title a lot. It’s based on findings in a number of reports about charter schools such as the now famous (infamous?) 2009 CREDO study, “Multiple Choice: Charter School Performance in 16 States.” The claim that only 17 percent of charter schools outperform traditional public schools comes from that…

Kentucky’s true achievement gap problem: Part 6, Kentucky Testing Summary

Last week we examined Kentucky’s chronic problem with white versus black academic achievement gaps. We learned the problem is very long term from evidence in the National Assessment of Educational Progress. We saw that EXPLORE, PLAN and even the ACT college entrance testing in Kentucky along with the Bluegrass State’s own KPREP testing show serious…

Kentucky’s true achievement gap problem: Part 5, KPREP Testing Reveals Lots of Gaps, as Well

This week we have examined Kentucky’s long-term problem with white versus black academic achievement gaps. We learned the problem is very long term from evidence in the National Assessment of Educational Progress. We saw that more recently three tests from ACT, Inc., show serious and growing gap problems for our eighth and tenth grade students…

Kentucky’s true achievement gap problem: Part 4, Gaps consistently bad in ACT Testing

Kentucky’s public education system continues to face a number of problems, but one of the most serious problems involves the state’s chronic white minus black achievement gaps. We previously examined long term gap trends from the National Assessment of Educational Progress and the EXPLORE and PLAN tests from ACT, Inc. Today, we’ll look at test…