The arrogance of the public school monopoly: Part 3, Dayton déjà vu in Mason County, too?

Competition: the way a monopoly is dismantled This week we offer a series of blogs looking at how the traditional public school system in Kentucky – which enjoys a virtual monopoly over deciding where your child can go to school – has been seduced by its own power in arrogant ways that adversely impact students…

The arrogance of Kentucky’s public school monopoly: Part 1, Louisville

Competition: the way a monopoly is dismantled. This week we offer a series of blogs looking at how the traditional public school system in Kentucky – which enjoys a virtual monopoly over deciding where your child can go to school – has been seduced by its own power in arrogant ways that adversely impact students and taxpayers…

Jefferson County does not match up academically to other districts from audit that we can check

This week Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts Adam Edelen delivered an audit on the functioning of the Jefferson County Public School (JCPS) District. Plenty of problems are listed in this 301-page report, but the auditor also provides over 200 suggestions on how to improve. That could be helpful – IF – Jefferson County folks ever…

Louisville’s new schools audit: Let the denials begin

It was only a few hours after the new audit of the Jefferson County Public Schools was released on Wednesday by the Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts before the denials started rolling in from Louisville’s entrenched, adults-first interests. WAVE-3’s article, “JCPS fires back after audit claims wasted millions,” carried some of those first denials from…

In the latest Kentucky public school example of kids-are-just-a-bounty mentality, the Pulaski County Public Schools just ended a long-standing student transfer agreement with the better performing Science Hill Independent School District. A quick look at the latest EXPLORE test results shows why Pulaski County was losing students – Science Hill is definitely doing a better…

Charter Schools in New York don’t see high transfer rates, outperform traditional schools

The New York City Independent Budget Office just released an interesting report on charter school student mobility. Here are some of the findings: • On average, students at charter schools stay at their schools at a higher rate than students at nearby traditional public schools. About 70 percent of students attending charter schools in school…

Breitbart on fight over new Common Core movie and the great Op-Ed from Ky. Sen. Katie Stine

Breitbart has an interesting article up about the latest Common Core State Standards skirmish between the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) and the Fordham foundation. The HSLDA released a very powerful documentary video about Common Core on Monday. Common Core supporter Fordham (which has received money from the Gates Foundation) was seriously stung by…

Charter school bill clears KY Senate: Comes none too soon for state’s low-performing schools

Senate Bill 211, a bill to allow school districts to reform Kentucky’s 41 Persistently Low-Achieving Schools (recently renamed “Priority Schools”) as charter schools, has cleared the Kentucky Senate and now moves to the Kentucky House. This action to implement charter schools comes none too soon. Case in point: the Frost Middle School in Jefferson County.…