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…

It’s a Free-Market Friday with BIPPS on the Joe Elliott Show on Louisville’s 970 WGTK-AM

Bluegrass Institute President Jim Waters joins talk show host Joe Elliott for a Free-Market Friday tomorrow at @ 10 a.m. (EDT) on Louisville’s 970 WGTK-AM. Topics will include school choice and the Bluegrass Institute’s #right2work4ky campaign. Listen live here. Then, if you like what you hear and you think it’s important for Kentucky, help keep the Bluegrass…

Response to Rob Mattheu’s post under “Lewis vs. Solomon: Does Kentucky need charter schools?”

We got a very extensive list of questions from reader Rob Mattheu, who writes the Louisville School Beat Blog, concerning our “Lewis vs. Solomon: Does Kentucky need charter schools?” online debate. Mattheu’s detailed questions deserved more space than a comment would allow, so I am turning this into a separate blog, addressed to Mr. Mattheu…

It’s a Free-Market Friday with BIPPS on the Joe Elliott Show on Louisville’s 970 WGTK-AM

Bluegrass Institute President Jim Waters joins talk show host Joe Elliott for a Free-Market Friday tomorrow at @ 10 a.m. (EDT) on Louisville’s 970 WGTK-AM. Among other issues, Jim and Joe will discuss Kentucky’s latest ACT scores released this week, the institute’s recent Unbridled Learning report, public charter schools and the Intrastate Coal and Use Act.  Listen…

How will the new Jefferson County Schools of Innovation help students in Persistently Low-Achieving Schools?

Can Jefferson County even afford these new school ideas? Last night the Jefferson County Board of Education selected two models to be the district’s first “Schools of Innovation” under Kentucky’s “Districts of Innovation” law. Collectively, the choices were disappointing. Jefferson County has the state’s largest concentration of “Persistently Low-Achieving” high schools – 10 of them.…

Comments on the Charter School Debate: More on charter school performance from the National Assessment of Educational Progress

If you have not taken time to read our major charter school debate with UK professors Wayne Lewis and Martin Solomon, you owe it to yourself and Kentucky’s children to take some time to do so. The professors provide a good introduction into the issues of establishing charter schools in Kentucky from the viewpoint of…