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…

Year Round School Fad Flopping

The Courier-Journal reports that four of the six remaining Louisville schools that still use a full, year-round calendar for classes (no traditional summer breaks), are dropping this once highly touted education fad idea. Jefferson County Schools superintendent Shelly Berman wants to drop this expensive program in the two remaining schools, as well. The school system…

Media Muddle on Charters

According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, a new report on charter schools says these parental choice schools are not making much difference. The article cites some biased Indiana legislators claims that the report is excellent ammunition to reign in Indiana’s charter school growth. At the same time, another newspaper says that a new report claims “Indiana’s…