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…

Why Kentucky should not delay charter schools – Evidence from New York City schools

As I wrote yesterday, there are comments floating about that Kentucky should delay funding charter schools due to the state’s general financial pinch. But, if the goal is better education, I don’t think that is a very good idea. Yesterday I pointed to evidence from the National Assessment of Educational Progress that charter schools do…

BIPPS on ‘Ky Tonight’: Is Bevin’s proposed budget anti-education?

Is Gov. Matt Bevin’s two-year budget proposal with its 70 suggested program cuts, including slashing funding for a teachers’ professional-development project, really anti-education or could some of these programs be provided in a more efficient and effective manner? And how much do these programs affect the education of children in the classroom? These questions and…