During the May 14, 2019 meeting of the Kentucky Legislature’s Administrative Regulation Review Subcommittee, I testified about a number of concerns with a very deficient change to Kentucky’s public school social studies standards. The committee was considering the regulation (704 KAR 8:060) that would actually implement those standards statewide. In my testimony I pointed out that weak standards (Example: History is part of social studies in Kentucky, but Abraham Lincoln is never mentioned in the proposed standards!) create tremendous burdens for each public school’s School-Based Decision-Making (SBDM) council when those councils have to convert vague standards into the detailed classroom curriculum that guides each day of classroom instruction.
My testimony obviously impressed State Senator Stephen West because later in the meeting he directed some pointed questions to Dr. Wayne Lewis, Kentucky Commissioner of Education, about the performance of individual SBDM councils across the state.
In his response, Dr. Lewis essentially admitted that the standards had been made weak on purpose, and the fault rested with Kentucky’s SBDM laws.
Dr. Lewis didn’t get things right, however, and you can click the “Read more” link to find out how and what you can do about it.