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…

Center for Open Government: UofL Health sitting on $320 million in cash; CEO claims it cannot invest in their facilities.

In a story reported by WDRB this week, UofL Health CEO Tom Miller said a “heroic effort” has turned around the financially failing Kentucky One health system acquired by the University of Louisville last year. At the same time, Miller said his claims of success shouldn’t be seen as a suggestion that UofL Health is…

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…

UPDATED: UofL efforts negated job retention requirement as part of taxpayer-backed loan

The Cabinet for Economic Development (CED) has never done a deal like the University of Louisville’s acquisition of Jewish Hospital. Their reliance on UofL in setting the terms of the loan demonstrated either a lack of capability to evaluate the deal or lack of interest in independently researching Louisville’s health care sector (or both). As…