US has “unimpressive” showing on new international test results

This from “Views on the News” from Teachers College at Columbia University: “The United States made an unimpressive showing on a global comparison of academic achievement among 15-year olds, touching off a fresh round of self-criticism by education reformers, policymakers and pundits, who declared that the results of the Program of International Student Assessment (PISA)…

Analysis of teachers’ union contracts exposes Jefferson County’s contract flaws

A new report shows the Jefferson County Public Schools’ teachers’ union contract has many problems and is well behind current policy in more progressive school districts in Kentucky. According to the recently approved “Analysis of Collective Bargaining Agreements in Kentucky Districts,” Jefferson County’s union contract: • Is the most “cumbersome” • “Strongly dictates the process…

Courier-Journal’s nonsense about progress in Jefferson County Schools fools no-one

Even the Prichard Committee agrees! In what looks like a clumsy attempt to get the Jefferson County Board of Education to override its vote to replace the school district’s superintendent, Sheldon Berman, the Courier-Journal’s editors have managed to impressively demonstrate their blindness to the plight of their own readership’s children. On Sunday, December 5, 2010,…