N. Ky Tea Party pulls it off: Gathers nearly 25,000 signatures to put issue on ballot

Collaboration between freedom-loving citizens and business leaders in Kenton County, Kentucky, has borne abundant fruit. A petition drive sponsored by this coalition has collected signatures of nearly 25,000 residents of the county who want a right to vote about the continued operation of the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission or NKAPC. NKAPC was created decades…

Kentucky State Education Board and Department of Education inject a good weighting scheme for new assessments

Reversing a very contentious decision from the June meeting of the Kentucky Board of Education with Kentucky Department of Education staffers, a very weak plan for weighting various elements of the new Kentucky public school assessment program has been revised. Now, the Kentucky School Boards Association reports the following weights will be used: • 70…

Poorest performing schools in Jefferson County get lots of rookie teachers

Probably too many rookie teachers Management of the turn-around of Persistently Low-Achieving Schools in Jefferson County looks awfully shaky. The Courier-Journal reports that 60 of the 135 teachers brought in to the second group of the district’s schools to be tagged as Persistently Low-Achieving are first-year teachers with absolutely no prior experience. They are going…