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,…

Why Kentucky Needs School Choice – Our black students can’t stand the traditional public schools’ slow rates of progress

It’s National School Choice Week, and there are many telling reasons why Kentucky needs to expand school choice options for all students. However, the case is especially critical when we consider what is happening to the state’s largest racial minority, its black students. Comparisons of the earliest and most recent data from the National Assessment…

Poorly titled news article about charter schools fools Kentucky School Boards Association

A New Year’s Day article from the Palm Beach Post proclaims, “More PBC parents choosing traditional public schools over charters.” Not surprisingly, the Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA) instantly jumped on this article, trying to undermine efforts to finally bring these public schools of choice to Kentucky. If the news report were fully on target,…

Ed. Sec. Heiner on charter school legislation

Kentucky’s Secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, Hal Heiner, did an interview about what Kentucky needs with charter school legislation recently with CN|2 cable news. Heiner pointed to the obvious need for charter schools in Kentucky to help counter the serious achievement gaps that exist in the state’s traditional public school system. This…