‘Academic genocide’ interview at Courier-Journal with Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday and Associate Commissioner Susan Allred

The fallout continues from Sunday’s shocker news story where Kentucky Commissioner of Education told the Louisville Courier-Journal that problems in that city’s school system were “academic genocide.” Yesterday, the Jefferson County Board of Education held scheduled meeting where the city’s education leaders continued to conduct business in a way Holliday characterized today as being “still…

State school board told most low-performing schools not turning around

The subject of Kentucky’s Persistently Low-Achieving Schools (PLAs) – which have been euphemistically renamed “Priority Schools” – came up in yesterday’s meeting of the Kentucky Board of Education. I am still sifting through a large amount of information that was presented, but the overall summation of this expensive program is disappointing. Kentucky Department of Education…

Age 18 parent survey???

I’m starting to hear some doubts about the recent survey of parents that supposedly says something like 85 percent of Kentuckians would like to see a minimum dropout age of 18 in Kentucky. Some of those concerns involve this graphic, which supposedly shows educational backgrounds of the parents surveyed. Aside from some obvious graphing errors…