Secret Superintendents?

An interesting government transparency fight is playing out in Spencer County. The Spencer County Board of Education wants to do their superintendent’s evaluation in closed session. However, that violates Kentucky’s Open Meetings Act according to the Office of the Attorney General, who has already ruled on the issue. Now, all sorts of taxpayer funded organizations,…

Math Resolution Hits Senate

The Kentucky Senate’s Education Committee heard testimony on mathematics instruction this morning and then voted out Senate Joint Resolution 19, which calls for the Kentucky Department of Education to revise the state’s mathematics standards and testing programs. The resolution is a reaction to continued poor mathematics performance in the commonwealth. SJR 19 recommendations are based…

Home-schooling on the Rise

More parents are “dropping out” of public schools in the interests of better education for their kids, a new study reports. And, there are more reasons parents are taking the home-school choice alternative – reasons that indicate public schools are not meeting student needs despite all the “noise” about how diverse our public school system…

Washington DC Superintendent – National Teacher Certification Doesn’t Improve Student Performance

In a shocker that has important implications in Kentucky, the Washington Post today announced that DC’s schools’ leader, Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, is dropping district support for teachers seeking certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Rhee cites a lack of evidence that this expensive and time-consuming program produces better student achievement. The…