How much do taxpayers really spend on education in Kentucky?

And, how does Kentucky’s education spending rank against other states? We hear it all the time. Kentucky’s educators frequently complain that they are not getting enough resources (think dollars) to do their job well. And, we’ve often heard that per pupil funding for education in Kentucky ranks low compared to what other states spend. But…

Union chief’s example of public school innovation flunks

On July fourth the National Public Radio affiliate at Western Kentucky University published a highly ironic article, “Charter School Concerns Voiced by KEA President.” Hopefully, our students are learning better ways of providing supporting examples than the one Stephanie Winkler, the head of the Kentucky Education Association, stumbled over in her interview. Trying to counter…

Charter school myth exposed in Massachusetts

One of the myths we hear from opponents of charter schools is that these schools of choice disproportionately take money away from traditional public schools. Up in Massachusetts, the Boston Globe says a new report from the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation shows that just isn’t so. The report summarizes: “Examination of school funding trends in districts…

Good news, again, from Kentucky’s private sector effort to improve AP courses in Kentucky

One of my favorite examples of how private-sector involvement can improve public education is the AdvanceKentucky program to improve participation and course quality in Kentucky’s Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Kentucky’s AP participation is up again this year with more students earning scores that can lead to college credit for their courses. And AdvanceKentucky gets a…

Will the union further control and water down Kentucky’s teacher discipline procedures?

With the brouhaha over improper testing activities at Louisville’s Male High School now headed to the Kentucky Educational Professional Standards Board (EPSB), I wondered if any initial action by that board might be planned for its next meeting on July 20-21, 2014. So, I checked out the agenda book for the meeting, which recently showed…