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Bevin vs. Education

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin is not a fan of higher education, so he’s cutting the budgets at all of Kentucky’s public colleges in his proposed budget. The Prichard Blog has more: That 2019 overall reduction comes in two parts. First, the line item for every school is cut. Second, the schools will have no opportunity […]

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Breaking Down Bevin’s Bad Budget

The team at Prichard Blog does a nice job of breaking down Matt Bevin’s anti-schools budget. It’s clear he’s not committed to investing in Kentucky schools or continuing the progress the state has made over more than two decades. $200 million in cuts. A big transfer of responsibility from state to local government. Local districts […]

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These Cars Will Kill You

Thoughts on a new Tennessee law allowing car dealers to sell used cars currently under an active safety recall: “It basically makes Tennessee a dumping ground for unsafe cars that will kill people,” said Andy Spears with Tennessee Citizen Action. “And now there’s an incentive for dealers in other states to ship their dangerous cars […]

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Conflicted?

The Director of Enrollment Management for the Minneapolis Public Schools also runs a consulting business that helps steer parents toward private school options for their kids. Yes, you read that correctly. Sarah Lahm has the story: It turns out that Bryan Fleming, who has served as Director of Enrollment Management for the Minneapolis schoolssince 2016, runs […]

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Testing, Vouchers, and the 2018 TN Governor’s Race

One candidate for Governor of Tennessee is aggressively pushing expansion of publicly-funded vouchers to allow students to attend private schools. Additionally, businessman Bill Lee (R) is arguing local school boards shouldn’t have much of a say in the matter. From Tennessee Education Report: So, in Bill Lee, Tennesseans have a candidate for Governor who has […]

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No Secret Key

The case for private school vouchers is built on the premise that private schools offer better opportunities for students — especially low income students who otherwise couldn’t afford to attend these schools. Recent data suggest otherwise. In fact, in a summary of four recent studies, Mark Dynarksi and Austin Nichols note: If the four studies […]

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A Beatdown for Brownback

NPR reports on the Kansas legislature putting Governor Sam Brownback in his place after his failed experiment in governing without money. Turns out, you can’t run government without revenue. The Kansas Supreme Court has already ruled the schools there are woefully underfunded and is requiring the legislature to pony up the funds necessary to properly […]

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Teaching, Politics, and Perspective

Dr. John Thompson offers some thoughts on the current difficult climate in Oklahoma for education and encourages teachers to both become more politically involved AND broaden their perspective. Thompson notes: Following the absurd last week of the 2017 regular legislative session, Oklahoma made the front page of The Washington Post for gutting education funding to […]

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Court Rules Against Flawed VAM Model

A Texas court has ruled against the use of value-added modeling in teacher evaluation saying the system used violates due process. Texas now joins New York as states where courts have found value-added systems used for teacher evaluation simply don’t stand up to scrutiny. Here’s more on the Texas case: Judge Stephen Smith of the […]

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Of Vouchers and Regret

A former voucher supporter outlines his regret after seeing the evidence: Look, I truly believe that everyone wants to make sure that our students have an exceptional educational system and positive educational outcomes. I know that when the General Assembly created the voucher program, members believed it would help create better educational outcomes. The problem […]

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