Jefferson County Schools in Serious Trouble

Education Commissioner orders full audit of system – State takeover could result “I have determined that there is a presence of critically ineffective or inefficient management in the JCPS and accordingly, a comprehensive management audit of the governance and administration of JCPS is required pursuant to KRS 158.785 (2) and 703 KAR 3:205.” Commissioner Stephen…

Does all that busing in Jefferson County schools work?

Last week Governor Bevin touched on one of the Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) self-inflicted education problems when he discussed the excessive and hugely expensive school busing situation in the school district, saying: “Are we really helping these children by taking them from one community, putting them on a bus … to another community where…

Even local newspaper isn’t buying school board’s anti-charter stance

We just got an interesting “vote” for charter schools. It will come as a shock to the Elizabethtown Independent School Board. Even the local newspaper’s editors in Elizabethtown are not buying their local school board’s bias against charter schools. In “Time to charter a different course,” the News-Enterprise newspaper in Elizabethtown clearly says it’s time…

ACT results show Kentucky’s achievement gaps continue all through school

Provides more evidence that blacks get left behind/Need other options Since the founding days of the Bluegrass Institute about 14 years ago, we have pushed the need for more school choice in Kentucky. That evidence includes our extensive discussions of the chronic achievement gaps for whites and blacks in Kentucky’s public school system in many…

Charter school value – they CAN help/work with public schools, too

There hasn’t been a lot of coverage of examples of charter schools working together with traditional schools to boost the performance of both, but examples are out there. For example, in 2010 Education Week reported, “Charters and Public Schools Team Up in Texas” (subscription?). Aside from the collaboration in the Rio Grande area of Texas,…