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…

Teachers union ‘desperate,’ resorts to race-baiting while 10,000 apply for vouchers

‘”When parents have more choices, the traditional status quo bureaucracy gets desperate. And desperate people do desperate things,” said Kevin Chavous, Black Alliance for Educational Options board member, in response to a tweet by the Bayou State’s teachers’ union yesterday that read: “Louisiana BAEO supports pro-KKK curriculum via vouchers.” Of course, as Chavous goes on…

Brookings Institution: Vouchers improve college going for African-Americans

A new report from the Brookings Institution indicates that vouchers in New York City that allowed African-Americans to attend private schools resulted in increased college attendance at more upscale schools. The study found: “…that using a voucher to attend private school increased the overall college enrollment rate among African Americans by 24 percent.” Interestingly, vouchers…