State Auditor finds ‘chronic mismanagement’ of Fayette schools budget, finances

A long awaited audit of the Fayette County School system, which serves Lexington, Kentucky, has finally been released and some of the findings are incredibly troubling. According to the first news release from the Lexington Herald-Leader, the auditor’s findings include: • Weaknesses in budget and financial-management processes, • Administrative and management salary increases that outpace…

School Boards Association: Commissioner Holliday to meet with USED Secretary Duncan about the federal agency’s “overreach” into state education decision making

The extraordinary saga of Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday finally having his fill of federal overreach into state education matters continues with this recent news release from the Kentucky School Boards Association. Reports the KSBA: “Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday is going to take his frustration to Washington, D.C. for a face-to-face discussion with…

Louisiana’s governor says Feds violating nation’s education laws, sues

Charges similar to ones being made by Kentucky’s education commissioner I wrote several days ago about claims from Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday that the US Department of Education (USED) is overstepping its bounds and violating laws by trying to dictate education policy to Kentucky. It looks like Kentucky isn’t the only place where…

Response to Rob Mattheu’s post under “Lewis vs. Solomon: Does Kentucky need charter schools?”

We got a very extensive list of questions from reader Rob Mattheu, who writes the Louisville School Beat Blog, concerning our “Lewis vs. Solomon: Does Kentucky need charter schools?” online debate. Mattheu’s detailed questions deserved more space than a comment would allow, so I am turning this into a separate blog, addressed to Mr. Mattheu…

Kentucky’s education commissioner honored for policy leadership

Kentucky’s Education Commissioner Terry Holliday was recently named the 2014 Policy Leader of the Year by the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE). Certainly, examples like the commissioner’s recent actions in speaking out sharply about federal overreach into the states’ rights area of control over education show that while we at the Bluegrass…

Education commissioner opens season for public comment on Kentucky’s version of the Common Core State Standards

Kentucky was the first state to adopt the Common Core State Standards and the first to implement tests in math and reading that were aligned to those standards. And, those standards have proved increasingly controversial. So, it makes sense that the Kentucky Commissioner of Education has pushed up his original plan to revisit those standards…