Bill would let Kentucky school districts buy health insurance for school board members

I’m having trouble wrapping my mind around the thinking in House Bill 283. This bill would allow locally elected school board members join the health care plan their school district offers to employees at taxpayer expense. That is problematic. For one thing, local school board members are not full time – or even part time…

“Educational Genocide” in Louisville: The parent blame game

Since Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday unleashed a Tsunami with his recent remarks that performance in Jefferson County’s lowest-performing schools amounted to “educational genocide,” uncomfortable facts about Louisville’s long-term, Persistently Low-Achieving Schools (PLAs) are finally getting attention. Sadly, the Jefferson County school board quickly started their all-to-familiar denial dance, trying to downplay the fact…

In case anyone thinks the Kentucky Department of Education isn’t getting fed up

We’ve been writing a lot about the Persistently Low-Achieving (Priority) Schools mess in Louisville, but this is far from the only under-performing school system in Kentucky. Announced today, the Kentucky Board of Education will be meeting shortly to vote on whether to take over the Monticello Independent School District since the district has now waived…

“Educational Genocide” in Louisville: The teacher factors

Teachers in the Persistently Low-Achieving Schools (PLAs) don’t come close to the experience level of the teachers in other Jefferson County schools. Facts about Louisville’s long-term, chronically under-performing schools are finally coming out since Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday unleashed a Tsunami with his recent remarks that performance in Jefferson County’s lowest-performing schools amounted…

WHAS11 coverage of black ministers’ reaction to “educational genocide” in Jefferson County schools

The latest development in the shocking story of what Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday cites as “educational genocide” in Jefferson County’s persistently low-achieving public schools is breaking today at Shawnee High School. A coalition of black ministers from the West End of Louisville, fed up with years of poor education for their town’s young…

Courier-Journal board member ignorant of charter school statistics in New York

On February 12, 2013 the Courier-Journal’s editorial board interviewed Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday and Associate Commissioner Susan Allred about the commissioner’s charge that “educational genocide” is going on in some of Jefferson County’s public schools. In the course of the discussion, a Courier person made an off the wall comment about charter schools.…