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,”…

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…