Milton Friedman Day, 101st birthday edition

This morning the Bluegrass Institute presented its Friedman Legacy Day event from the Midwest Church of Christ in the west end of Louisville. The site was appropriate given both the Midwest Church’s commitment to bettering local kids through school choice activism, and Friedman’s trailblazing in the area of that very important subject. The Bluegrass Institute…

Senators Paul and McConnell on School Choice: Part of the Solution to Our Broken Education System

In a major release, Kentucky’s US Senators Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell take a strong and informed position in support of expanded school choice options for parents and students as an effective way to improve the nation’s chronically under-performing public school system. Some of the senators’ points: • “All children, no matter who they are…

Taking a better look at new graduation rates in Jefferson County Public Schools

Due to the troubling rate of improvement in a large number of Persistently Low-Achieving Schools (PLAs) found in Jefferson County’s public schools, the entire school district has been under a microscope for some time. Concerns really started to ratchet up after the Kentucky Board of Education was told on February 6, 2013 that the worst…

Then there were 173 (school districts)

Another school district heads to the dust heap of consolidation following fiscal mismanagement that created irresolvable insolvency. The Wayne County Outlook reports the Monticello Independent School District breaths its last on Jun 30, 2013. Monticello is a tiny district with only 764 students per the latest 2012-13 fall membership counts. In 2012 Monticello’s 11th grade…

…and yet another puff piece from the Gubbanah’s office

I tire of getting these public relations puff pieces from the governor’s office “announcing” new jobs coming to Kentucky. The latest headline reads: “Gov. Beshear Announces Alpla to Establish Manufacturing Operations in Bowling Green, Create 72 Jobs.” Why do job announcements come from the governor’s office, when the governor of Kentucky — any governor of Kentucky…

Courier-Journal board member ignorant of charter school statistics in New York

On February 12, 2013 the Courier-Journal’s editorial board interviewed Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday and Associate Commissioner Susan Allred about the commissioner’s charge that “educational genocide” is going on in some of Jefferson County’s public schools. In the course of the discussion, a Courier person made an off the wall comment about charter schools.…

State school board told most low-performing schools not turning around

The subject of Kentucky’s Persistently Low-Achieving Schools (PLAs) – which have been euphemistically renamed “Priority Schools” – came up in yesterday’s meeting of the Kentucky Board of Education. I am still sifting through a large amount of information that was presented, but the overall summation of this expensive program is disappointing. Kentucky Department of Education…