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.…

How about giving us the CURRENT NAEP data on charter schools, correctly analyzed?

During last Thursday’s meeting of the Kentucky Senate’s Education Committee, Dr. Bob Rodosky, the statistical person from Jefferson County Public Schools, asserted his school district outperformed charter schools across the nation on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in 2011. That assertion surprised me for several reasons. First, charter school performance has been improving…

Innes to talk about Priority Schools at Louisville 912 meeting

BIPPS’ Richard Innes will discuss education in some of Jefferson County Public Schools most troubled schools and what can be done to improve them. These schools, currently classified as “Priority Schools,” were initially called “Persistently Low-Achieving Schools.” Priority Schools are among the very lowest performing schools in the entire state of Kentucky, and Jefferson County…