Kentucky Tonight – Lots of Charter School Myths #6

– Myth: Charter schools fail minorities, especially in Massachusetts On the January 18, 2010 KET Kentucky Tonight show on charter schools, Jefferson County Public Schools superintendent Sheldon Berman said in his early comments: “The data on charter schools is that it’s, it’s truly a failed reform, particularly for African-American students, particularly for low income students.”…

Teacher accountability matters

Education Week reports (subscription) that a new study in Chicago shows that when principals got more authority to fire non-tenured teachers, the attendance rate of those teachers improved notably. The article also says, “In addition, principals were more likely to get rid of teachers whose students had shown less value-added achievement compared with those of…

Releasing persistently low-achieving school names – Good thing or not?

– Commissioner of Education sends confusing signals During direct questioning about House Bill 176 from members of the House Education Committee, Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday named 12 schools that would be identified as “Persistently Low-Achieving Schools” if the bill’s ‘Race to the Top’ rules were in force today. Dr. Holliday really had no…