Governor cites Prichard nonsense

Governor Steve Beshear treated the Boone County Education Foundation to nonsense education statistics a few days ago. As reported by the Kentucky Enquirer in “Beshear touts education,” the governor touted Kentucky’s supposed dramatic improvement in the federal National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) testing program compared to other states. Well, as we’ve pointed out before,…

We Need School Choice

So says the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Education Organization (CEO). Unfortunately, adult interests are overriding the best interests of students and parents in the struggle to educate our youth. The CEO also points out: “Too many of our legislators talk about children and the need for better education, but are more worried about supporting the adult groups…

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…