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    The push was strongest last year, but expect it to come back. We are one of the last states not to have the crappy charter schools--but those pushing them make people think that's a bad thing.

    Instead, and here I speak mostly of Jefferson County Public Schools (Louisville) where my kids went/go, we have public schools with magnet programs, some of which are among the best in the nation.  Atherton (with it's International  Baccaulareate program), Ballard, Brown, Manual and Male are all JCPS schools that are among the best in the nation. Unfortunately, many of the rest of the JCPS high schools are mediocre at best.  When Paul Patton was governor, KY was a leader in education reform--and it wasn't "teach to the test or we take away your money," treat teachers as interchangeable parts, etc. "reform," but real, student-centered, education.  Then, along came Fletcher to take away all the money, then came No Child, then the recession. So, we've lost some of the ground Patton had gained for us.

    But, AT LEAST we've stayed out of the charter school trap, so far.

    "I was not born for myself alone, but for my neighbor as well as myself."--Richard Overton, leader of the Levellers, a17th C. movement for democracy and equality during the English Civil War.

    by SouthernLeveller on Sun Oct 27, 2013 at 03:11:49 PM PDT

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