Education Commissioner calls for charter school legislation: Admits situation in some Persistently Low-Achieving Schools couldn’t get worse

“What we’ve done for the last three years has not worked. So, I think it may be time to try something else. I don’t think it could get any worse.” Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday commenting on the lack of progress in some of Kentucky’s Persistently Low-Achieving Schools The Kentucky Senate’s Education Committee had…

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…