Fayette County Schools has recommended 5 applicants to the school board for consideration in the search for the a new superintendent. Any chance they took these superintendent hiring suggestions into account?
Via Ezra Klein:
Forget Paul Ryan, appropriations chair Hal Rogers is the real GOP hatchet man, writes Suzy Khimm: “Two weeks ago, Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, made the GOP’s next big move to slash spending for social programs. In a little-noticed proposal, Rogers detailed how the GOP wants to inflict the pain of more than $1 trillion in unspecified discretionary spending cuts contained in Ryan’s 2012 budget, which passed the House in April…Under his proposal, the poor and the working class will be hardest-hit. On Tuesday, Rogers kicked off the GOP’s budget-cutting party in the House, deciding which programs should pay the price. Rogers has focused on capping labor, health, and education spending at $139 billion–$18 billion less than the 2011 budget and $41 billion below what President Obama proposed in his own 2012 budget.”
The key words here are “unspecified discretionary spending cuts,” which means there’s no need yet for any constituency to step forward and demand that their particular programs be restored. It’s very easy to vote for spending cuts when the cuts aren’t yet named.
“Today there is uncertainty over taxes, over our national debt and over future regulation. That’s not a climate for real economic growth.
“If we want more jobs, let’s ask Congress to get out of the way of the certainty and optimism that lead to economic growth and jobs in the real economy.” –Terry Savage, “The Savage Truth,” as it appeared The (Louisville) Voice-Tribune, May 19, 2001
Without charter schools, Kentucky is once again set up to miss out on Race to the Top funding.
The Obama administration announced today that it will release a third round of RttT cash. Kentucky and eight other states are eligible to compete for a $10 million to $50 million slice each of the third round’s $200 million pie — much smaller than the first two phases totaling $4.35 billion.
But state education officials are questioning whether to participate, since the results will likely be the same again. The Lexington Herald-Leader reported today that Kentucky Department of Education spokeswoman Lisa Gross said: “If charters remain a key requirement in the third round, it might not be beneficial for Kentucky to apply.”
Probably not, considering every single one of the other eligible states —
Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and South Carolina — allow charter schools.
States that won RttT funding in the first two rounds also allow charter schools: Delaware ($100 million), Florida ($700 million), Georgia ($400 million), Hawaii ($75 million), Maryland ($250 million), Massachusetts ($250 million), New York ($700 million), North Carolina ($400 million), Ohio ($400 million), Rhode Island ($75 million) and Tennessee ($500 million).
Whatever gave it away that Kentucky would probably not get additional funding since it still doesn’t allow charter schools within its borders?
Whatever gave it away? Whatever could it be?
Superintendent Sheldon Berman clueless
The latest audit of a Persistently Low-Achieving School is out. This time the Knight Middle School from Jefferson County is in the spotlight, and the glare is pretty harsh. A few comments from the Audit:
• “The principal and school council have not demonstrated leadership that provides guidance and engages stakeholders within the school to meet challenges of struggling students in reading and math that address goals of No Child Left Behind.”
• “The principal has not ensured that teachers deliver student centered, rigorous, and differentiated instruction that meets the learning needs of all students.”
• “The principal has not fostered a culture of mutual respect between all staff members and students.” (My added comment: this is a guaranteed recipe for student failure. It fosters student violence and staff apathy)
• “The principal and school council have not established an organizational structure that promotes high student achievement and staff performance.”
• “The principal has not held all staff members accountable for their roles in improving student academic and behavioral performances to sustain continuous improvement.”
• “The principal has not engaged all stakeholders in decision making to develop a common ownership in the success of all students.”
As recently happened with the audit for Newport High School in Newport Kentucky the audit team is recommending that both the school’s principal and School Based Decision Making (SBDM) authority at the school need to be transferred. Given the comments above, the auditors really had no other choice.
Now, here’s the really sad part. Jefferson County Schools superintendent Sheldon Berman told the Courier-Journal:
“I was surprised at the deficiencies in how negative the audit was about leadership.”
Surprised? How can that possibly be?
Clearly, either the audit is totally fouled up, or Berman has not been paying attention.
Berman, of course, is on the way out. If the Jefferson County Board of Education wants to do the right thing in hiring his replacement, they need to spend some time looking over the audits for their Low-Achieving Schools. In fact, the board might want to invite members of the audit team to brief on what good schools look like. That way, the board can ask intelligent questions of the new superintendent applicants to see if those applicants know what a good school really looks like and how to not be surprised when a school isn’t measuring up.
Jim Waters, vice president of policy and communications, will talk Kentucky issues at 6:30 pm (EDT) on Thursday, May 26, on “Kentuckiana GrassRoots Radio.”
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