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…

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…

Is the Jefferson County Public School District a failure?

To start, I didn’t raise the possibility of Jefferson County Public School District (JCPS) being an outright failure, and I am reluctant to use such extreme labeling in any event. However, in a recent editorial, Shea Van Hoy, editor-in-chief of Louisville Business First, wrote: “Why would someone with no kids in the local public school…

Preparation to teach reading for Kentucky’s elementary teachers is weak

We’ve talked before about data from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) regarding the quality of reading preparation programs in Kentucky. But, some new information has now caught our attention that adds more concerns that the Bluegrass State isn’t doing a good job of preparing elementary school teachers to teach this critical subject. Per…

News Release: Kentucky Pastors Coalition endorses ‘School Choice Now Act’

For Immediate Release: August 14, 2020 (LOUISVILLE, Ky.) – – The Kentucky Pastors in Action Coalition (KPAC), a faith-driven alliance of Black pastors dedicated to being the voice for raising the quality of education in Kentucky, have endorsed the School Choice Now Act recently introduced in the United States Senate. The legislation would give families…