Tag Archives: Andy Spears

What’s Happening with K-12 in Kentucky?

The Prichard Blog has a new post raising concerns about some key programs that impact K-12 education: Budget recommendations so far offer few clues to the financial future of seven P-12 programs that target support to Kentucky students with distinctive needs: Extended school services programs that provide additional instructional time outside the regular school day for […]

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On the Impact of Education Cuts in Kentucky

The Kentucky Center for Economic Policy has a new report out detailing the impact of budget cuts to Kentucky’s public schools. The report begins: Education is crucial to Kentucky’s success. However, as the state legislature has been disinvesting in P-12 education over the past decade, it has forced school districts to make cuts that harm […]

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Data Reliability and the Tennessee State Report Card

A brief mention in the Shelbyville Times-Gazette: The Tennessee Value Added Assessment System (TVAAS) test has experienced glitches the past few years. For the 2015-16 year, the state’s test composite scores did not include grades 4-8 for that reason. Going with limited available results, Bedford County’s scores for the test were at 1 out of […]

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Tennessee’s Dangerous New Law

Tennessee News Service reports on a dangerous new Tennessee law: The Motor Vehicle Recall and Disclosure Act is the first and only one of its kind in the country – after similar bills failed in four other states. Andy Spears, executive director of Tennessee Citizen Action, is concerned about the potential impact on consumers. “Dealers […]

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Bevin Budget Undermines Kentucky Schools

The Prichard Blog as been breaking down the Bevin Budget and the negative impacts it will have on Kentucky schools and colleges. This handy graph gets to the heart of the $308 million being cut from P-20 education in Bevin’s proposal:                         This is […]

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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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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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