1) Most are amateurs on turnarounds and creating education performance excellence.
2) They can’t implement their theories or be held accountable for results.
There is an alternative to amateur hour. The meddlers left a magic wand in the KRS 160.346 transfer of authority. Persistently low-achieving schools can have School-Based Decision-Making councils’ powers, duties and authority transferred to the superintendent or commissioner!
Forget giving it to the superintendents — remember Jefferson County Public Schools’ Superintendent Sheldon Berman’s totally ineffective performance. Superintendents have overseen their failing schools year after year after year. Too often, superintendents are rewarded for failure.
Put the star in the game. Commissioner Holliday is a proven pro with proven results. Put all the meddlers’ experience together and you won’t match his bio.
His Iredell-Statesville (North Carolina) schools won the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for Education Excellence in 2008. Look at the winning application. Pay particular attention to the criteria depth of thinking, the integration of approaches and the metrics. Haven’t seen that level of thinking coming from the governor, legislators, teachers union, consultants or the site-based decision councils, have you? Why? They don’t know how.
Kentucky governors, legislators, teachers unions and consultants have had their 20-plus years of glorious theory and spinning unacceptable results.
Now it’s time to give Commissioner Holliday the magic wand. Forget about getting along. Getting along will keep Kentucky kids continually looking up at others learning more and snatching their opportunities.