Get this straight Kentucky: Parents ALWAYS lose against teachers in school council votes

In its article, “Reducing band director’s position frustrates crowd,” The State Journal (subscription) just provided another great example of the power that teachers – not parents – have in Kentucky’s schools. This story just played out in Franklin County. At issue: Due to tight funding, what staff positions should be cut at Franklin County High…

Sorry Mr. Jefferson County Superintendent: It just isn’t so!

Jefferson County Superintendent talking mush about turning around low-performing schools Fantasy: “I just don’t think the transformation model is effective in producing immediate, dramatic change. It may have some long term benefits, but they are really long term.” Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Sheldon Berman, quoted March 29, 2011 by the Louisville Courier-Journal Fact: As…

More Persistently Low-Achieving Schools identified in Kentucky

Feds: Kentucky Department of Education didn’t identify enough Sending a clear message that the US Department of Education is fed up with schools that persistently perform poorly for students, the Kentucky Department of Education was recently directed to add more schools to the official Persistently Low-Achieving Schools list to comply with federal requirements. Apparently, the…