Another Kentucky School Report Card Issue – Just try following the money

I wrote previously about some problems with the Kentucky School Report Cards. One issue surfaced when I linked to a different page in a school’s report. Suddenly, the school for which the data was being reported changed without warning. I also discussed the misleading nature of bar graphs on one of the report card’s sub-pages.…

Where does this JCPS funding claim come from?

And, is an important source being largely overlooked? A little while ago, Olivia Krauth, an education reporter at the Courier-Journal, posted this curious Tweet: Federal funding makes up a whopping *checks notes* 0.5% of Kentucky’s largest district’s general fund. https://t.co/mrLdCZGThH — Olivia Krauth (@oliviakrauth) July 8, 2020 That 0.5% figure sure looked low to me,…

“They” claim education spending is down — Federal data says it isn’t so

The current demonstrations regarding police excesses are now quite properly starting to expand the discussion in social media to include the obvious and very long-term failures of our public school systems to effectively serve minority students. Inevitably, those who try to defend the public school system’s obvious short-comings are offering their usual excuses about school…

Which type of school gets more funding – charter or traditional?

Finally, some fairly credible data There has been a virtual fur fight going on between supporters and detractors of charter schools regarding the question of whether charters get more funding per pupil than traditional schools. Now, a fairly recent report from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) provides some interesting data about the subject.…

How does Jefferson County’s school spending rank among the nation’s largest school districts?

As folks in Jefferson County debate raising taxes for the Jefferson County Public School District (JCPS), I thought it might be useful to see how the district ranks for school spending among the 100 largest enrollment school districts in the nation. A recent federal report from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has that…

Suppressing KY Board of Education questions regarding oversight of JCPS isn’t transparency

Especially when there’s admission that West End families in Louisville never had choice under the busing plan and unusual claims are made about funding The Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) held a teleconferenced meeting on April 9, 2020 that included an update from Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) Superintendent Marty Pollio on the status of…

The inconsistency in the state board of education’s ill-advised termination of its finance committee

I wrote on January 17, 2020 about a really bad action by the dubiously reconstituted Kentucky Board of Education (KBE), which just terminated its Finance Committee last week. As I pointed out in that blog, the terminated committee was engaged in some extremely important and badly-needed technical work to improve the currently very troubled state…

Improved education financial transparency now at risk thanks to new state board’s decision

The questionably reconstituted Kentucky Board of Education isn’t wasting much time putting to waste one of the more important efforts of the board that was improperly replaced. Multiple reporters Tweeted out from the new board’s meeting today that the Finance Committee initiated by the ousted board is being disbanded. That’s a huge mistake. There are…