Education commissioner says more about BIPPS interest area: Weak school superintendent evaluations

Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday adds more ideas about the rating of superintendents – and other education staff – in his latest blog. The commissioner says: “As I travel the state, most administrators tell me that we need to address this broken process.” The commissioner also admits: “In Kentucky, we have 174 different versions…

Responsible unionism in schools?

It can happen, elsewhere The Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) charter schools are earning a reputation around the country for laudable performance with underprivileged students. But, our teachers union in Kentucky says they cannot work with charters. Not so in Baltimore, where KIPP and the American Federation of Teachers local just inked a 10-year agreement…

Why would a district with charter schools hire a charter school enemy?

The Courier-Journal announces that Sheldon Berman, Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent, has been hired as the superintendent of the Eugene, Oregon school system. Eugene’s school district has three charter schools. Why would a charter school opponent be hired in such a district, unless that district wants to attack its parent choice options? Here’s the initial…

Bluegrass Institute’s spotlight on school superintendent evaluations having impact

It’s obvious that the Bluegrass Institute’s Operation Open Records effort to highlight the serious deficiencies in public school superintendent evaluations across Kentucky is having impact. Last week, Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday discussed the evaluation issue with superintendents. The Kentucky School Boards Association reports Holliday said: “…you’re going to continue to be under great scrutiny,”…