Hazard-Herald confirms: Perry County educators under investigation for cheating on ACT

The latest news about the ACT cheating scandal in Perry County’s two district high schools: The Kentucky Educational Professional Standards Board has now opened a full investigation into the activities of the professional educators involved. ACT reported in November that cheating was definitely confirmed in both high schools. By the way, new PLAN scores that…

More bullying in Louisville

This time, the school district is joining in The Courier-Journal reports that a former student at the highly competitive DuPont Manual High School, who left there after she was bullied, is now being denied sports eligibility in her new school. Normally, it is true that transfers must sit out of sports for a year. What…

Jefferson County schools in trouble over what they are doing in Persistently Low-Achieving Schools

The Courier-Journal reports that the Jefferson County Public School District may not be meeting federal and state requirements for turning around its Persistently Low-Achieving Schools, which are among the state’s very worst performing schools. As a consequence, Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday indicates he may withhold millions of federal school turn-around dollars for Jefferson…

NEA general counsel lays it out – union rights are more important than closing achievement gaps, raising graduation rates, improving teacher quality

This YouTube of National Education Association (NEA) General Counsel Bob Chanin’s 2009 comments about union priorities lays it out very nicely. Lawyer Chanin makes it clear: union rights such as: • “Due process” (meaning, continuing the excessively burdensome procedures that have to be followed before a teacher can be removed for poor performance), • employee…