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…

Postsecondary education council running highly informative sessions on pending education reforms

Senate Bill 1 from the 2009 Regular Legislative Session directed a number of very important and dramatic changes to Kentucky’s public education system. The bill cancelled our dubious CATS assessments and directed the Kentucky Department of Education and its governing board to first come up with better education standards and then to use those better…