Latest on HB 176

— Dreaming in Jefferson County In it’s coverage of the passage of House Bill 176, the Louisville Courier-Journal notes several schools in Jefferson County would be identified as “Persistently Low-Achieving Schools” if the bill’s new formulas were applied today. The article additionally says Jefferson County Superintendent of Schools Sheldon Berman told the newspaper that “district…

Charters definitely not dead after yesterday’s vote on House Bill 176

It’s clear that yesterday’s tie vote that prevented including charter schools in Kentucky’s Race to the Top (RTTT) application was mostly about fear of losing already signed agreements with local school districts rather than a true determination of potential support for charter schools in Kentucky. The Herald-Leader’s report on the vote in the Senate Education…

AFT chief vows her union will revise teacher-dismissal process

National leadership of the “other” teachers’ union, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), is stepping up to the plate in a movement towards the sort of professional responsibility we see in other organizations like the American Medical Association. Education Week announced today (subscription) that Randi Weingarten, president of the AFT has agreed that she is,…

KIPP won’t do zip in Kentucky

– We need charter school legislation first During his January 7, 2010 testimony on House Bill 176 before the House Education Committee, Education Commissioner Terry Holliday was asked to describe what the bill’s Education Management Organizations (EMO) actually were. Holliday replied that these were for-profit or not-for-profit organizations with the expertise to turn around low…