School choice for Kentucky: How much more evidence do we need to look at???

During the Kentucky Legislature’s Interim Joint Education Committee hearings on school choice and charter schools for Kentucky on November 10, 2014, one Kentucky state senator said he first needed to do more research, including digging into such things as terrible performance at Lexington’s William Wells Brown Elementary School. But, how much more research can we…

Why Kentucky needs charter schools: Wayne Lewis, Ph.D.

Wayne Lewis knows a lot about charter schools. He also knows a lot about the public education situation for Kentucky’s racial minorities, and he isn’t happy with what he sees happening to the state’s children of color. Lewis isn’t just upset with Louisville’s schools, either. In his comments to the Kentucky Legislature’s Interim Joint Education…

Why Kentucky needs charter schools: A parent’s compelling story

In her testimony on Monday, November 10, 2014 before the Kentucky Legislature’s Interim Joint Education Committee, Louisville parent Lynn Rippy says the public school system incorrectly categorized her adopted African-American son as having an IQ of only 100. But, Rippy didn’t accept that. Once she enrolled him in a private school that met his needs,…

Charter school action ratchets up a notch in Kentucky

The past two days saw major charter school action in Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville with extended testimony to the Kentucky Legislature’s Interim Joint Education Committee and Charter School Town Hall events, as well. There was compelling commentary from both experts and Kentucky parents who understand how the current, one-size-must-fit-all public education system in this state…

‘Districts of Innovation’ – Not much interest, not much innovation???

Charter Schools would work MUCH better! As I blogged a few days ago, there was a lot of hoopla several years ago when teachers union supporters in the Kentucky General Assembly passed an anti-charter school, bait-and-switch bill to create “Districts of Innovation” instead (House Bill 37, signed into law on April 11, 2012). At that…

District of Innovation moving at the pace of a tortoise

There was a lot of hoopla several years ago when teachers union supporters in the Kentucky General Assembly passed an anti-charter school, bait-and-switch bill to create “Districts of Innovation” instead (House Bill 37, enacted 2012). At that time, supporters of the bill claimed it would do just about everything good that charter schools were doing…

Fayette County schools admit achievement gaps have been growing

Most white-black math and reading gaps are up statewide, as well According to comments in an October 28, 2014 Herald-Leader article, “Fayette school board approves recommendations to eliminate achievement gap,” the Fayette County Public School District’s newest Equity Scorecard showed, “…the achievement gap had widened, with lower numbers of distinguished and proficient students on the…