Beshear does not retain only working business and industry person on Kentucky Board of Education

The Courier-Journal reports that Governor Steve Beshear has replaced Kentucky industrialist Billy Harper on the Kentucky Board of Education with Leo Calderon of Edgewood, Kentucky. The newspaper provides no information on the appointee other than his residence, and neither the governor’s office nor the department of education have public news releases about the appointment available…

Kentucky’s education system will get left out as charter networks expand

Education Week reports (subscription?) that several charter school operators are planning to expand to other locations outside of their home states. Says Education Week: “Until now, organizations such as Aspire Public Schools and Rocketship Education, both headquartered in California, and BASIS Schools, Inc., of Arizona, which have been held up as worthy of emulation, have…

Jefferson County Schools central office cleanup saves millions

The Courier-Journal reports an extensive clean-up of the bloated central office at the Jefferson County Public School District is likely to save $4 million, apparently each year. That, according to district superintendent Danna Hargens, is money she can now plow back into education in the schools. It’s about time. Things are so bad even the…