Something really wrong with the Kentucky Board of Education/Department of Education’s survey to find out what the public wants in a new education commissioner

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), with knowledge of the dubiously reformed Kentucky Board of Education, is running an online survey supposedly to find out what the public thinks will be important qualities in the new education commissioner. But, just like earlier SurveyMonkeys the department ran during the reviews of various academic area education standards,…

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…

Kentucky’s non-public school ACT performance in 2018

Reports from the ACT, Inc. and the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) give us information about how all Kentucky students averaged together and just Kentucky’s public school students alone perform on the ACT college entrance test. However, there are no agencies reporting about ACT scores for those Kentucky students who didn’t go to public schools.…

New school spending data released from KY Dept. of Ed. – But it doesn’t look right

The Kentucky Department of Education recently filled in the long-missing spending per student data in its Kentucky School Report Cards database for 2016-17, and it also recently posted the Revenue and Expenditure Report online for the same school year. But, as in the past, the numbers still don’t look right. In his weekly column, carried…

Bluegrass Beacon – Pension deliberations: Nothing but uncomfortable

Editor’s note: The Bluegrass Beacon column is a weekly syndicated statewide newspaper column posted on the Bluegrass Institute website after being released to and published by newspapers statewide. Legislators frequently grumble about Kentuckians’ lack of interest in, attention to and knowledge of complicated issues like the public-pension system. Some observation about how “people’s eyes glaze…

About those claims that the US has high poverty

Americans are frequently assaulted with amazing claims that our country has one of the highest poverty rates in the entire developed world. We get it from sources like the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF, sometimes just the United Nations Children’s Fund), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and a host of…