Is Kentucky’s government hip pocketing money meant for kids?

Politico isn’t normally my first choice for news, but this article says “DeVos blasts states for not spending pandemic aid on school reopening,” and the comments caught my attention. Referring to money made available for education by the federal CARES Act, Politico says: “The secretary singled out New York and Kentucky for closing schools while…

Charter schools in Atlanta do much better for black students for half the cost

A new report from Corey A. DeAngelis, Patrick J. Wolf, Larry D. Maloney and Jay F. May, “Charter School Funding: Inequity Surges in the Cities,” sheds some additional light on the notable difference the City of Atlanta’s charter schools are making for black students. To begin, some of you will recall the table below for…

WLKY gets Lincoln and his Gettysburg Address. Why don’t Kentucky’s social studies standards?

WLKY understands the significance of the Gettysburg Address, which was presented by President Abraham Lincoln over 150 years ago. But, Kentucky’s current – and really terrible – public school social studies standards never once mention Lincoln’s name let alone his famous and inspiring address. How different from other states. Massachusetts’ current social studies standards mention…

MEDIA ALERT: Report finds credibility issues, minimal information in Kentucky’s new school financial reports

For Immediate Release: Monday, November 16, 2020 (LOUISVILLE, Ky.) – A new report released today from the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions points to a number of disappointing problems with new, school-level financial data released by the Kentucky Department of Education in May. “Kentucky’s School Financial Reports Just Don’t Add Up,” a Policy Point paper from…

Quote of the Day – Plus – Kentucky teacher trying to cope with state’s horrible social studies standards

“…the biggest problem is how insanely complicated the standards are. It will never be successfully implemented because it’s simply not remotely clear what we are supposed to teach. This causes lots of important knowledge students should know to fall through the cracks. And, ‘coverage of content is not the focus’. In the end, we are…

It’s Veterans Day

It’s Veterans Day. And, as the US Department of Veterans’ Affairs points out, this day is to be “a celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.” And, the Bluegrass Institute would like to start this post by adding our thanks to…