Rewarding failure in Jefferson County Schools

Read the full “Rewarding Failure” commentary here. According to superintendent Sheldon Berman’s performance evaluation the 2008-2009 stated goals for Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) were: “…to enhance effective teaching, enhance effective leadership, strengthen organizational culture and improve organizational effectiveness” Enhancing effectiveness is great.  That sort of language makes people feel good.  However, I hope there…

Can they quit?

I read an article today about using MRIs to discern whether smokers are able to quit smoking.  Whether they are able to depends on certain activity in the area of the brain responsible for behavior change. I wonder if we could use this same technique to determine… …if the Kentucky General Assembly can change their…

Superficial superintendent evaluations

A new commentary released today by the Bluegrass Institute reveals how the evaluations of school districts’ highest paid leaders fail to hold them accountable for their districts’ poor academic performance. (See news release here) “Rewarding Failure: The Rubber-Stamping of Kentucky Superintendent Evaluations,” profiles the superintendent evaluations for the school districts in Jefferson, Carter, and Knox…