Despite what some claim, Kentucky can take some lessons from Tennessee

I’ve been in an interesting Twitter discussion about charter schools and the relative education performance of Kentucky and Tennessee. Supposedly, Kentucky does better. Really? Because charter schools are reported to do especially well for black students – an area where Kentucky faces serious challenges – I fired up the NAEP Data Explorer to see how…

It’s Legal: Puerto Rico students and parents get more school choice because its about aid to needy families, not schools

The American Federation for Children reports the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico just issued a ruling that their hurricane-ravaged island’s new law expanding charter schools and vouchers to private schools is legal and constitutional. This throws cold water on a Puerto Rican teachers’ union effort to have the new school choice law declared unconstitutional. The…

KY Education Commissioner Lewis clearly and simply outlines the issues with the pending takeover of JCPS

One of the clearest presentations yet of the issues involved with the recommendation for Kentucky to take over the ailing Jefferson County Public School District (JCPS) was recently made by Interim Commissioner of Education Wayne Lewis on the KET Connections show with Renee Shaw. Click the link below to hear this informative, fact-based discussion that…

Texas Charter Schools Enroll 85% Minority Students and they CRUSHED the 2017 NAEP

Over at the Jay P. Greene’s Blog they just posted an item with the same title as this blog discussing the really outstanding performance of The Lone Star State’s charter schools in the new 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results. It makes for an interesting read, especially since Texas charters have ultra-high minority…

Kentucky’s state education system takeover history

With the conversation elevating over the announcement today that Interim Commissioner of Education Dr. Wayne Lewis is recommending that the state board of education take over the Jefferson County Public School System (JCPS), a little review about another state takeover of a chronically failing school district seems in order. Kentucky took over the Floyd County…

Charter school shocker! Cleveland charters do much better for black students

I wrote yesterday about the superior performance of black students in Atlanta’s charter schools on the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), but that wasn’t a total surprise because Atlanta’s charters had done well on the 2015 NAEP, too. But, this year there is a new charter school performance story, and it comes from…

What the new NAEP tells us about Atlanta’s Charter Schools

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results from late winter 2017 testing have finally been released, and one of the more interesting findings is how black charter school students in the Atlanta, Georgia school system compare to blacks attending traditional public schools in that city. This table, which shows data extracted from the NAEP…