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…

What Louisville’s Black Leaders Say About Their Schools – William Mansfield

William Mansfield has a remarkable and varied background. He is the President and founder of the Mansfield Institute for Public Policy and Political Engagement, which advocates with community stakeholders for the social, psychological, physical and economic needs of Millennial Americans. He also established the 3MG Investment Group helping pre-revenue and mid-size companies structure short- and…

What Louisville’s Black Pastors Say About Their Schools – Pastor Derek Wilson

Pastor Wilson is pastor at the Spirit of Love Center and also the Director at the Destiny Academy Christian School, a private school he and his church formed after it became obvious that the Jefferson County Public School District was not serving all students, especially those of color, well. Hear Pastor Wilson discuss two examples…

Bluegrass Institute and KY Pastors in Action Coalition host US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

The Bluegrass Institute and the Kentucky Pastors in Action Coalition held a very interesting conference in Louisville on October 26, 2020 with US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. The meeting provided a chance for the secretary to hear from a number of black leaders in Louisville and also gave her a chance to make some…