I wrote back in December 2010 about a new report from the Kentucky Office of Education Accountability titled, “Analysis of Collective Bargaining Agreements in Kentucky Districts.” This is an extremely important report that legislators, local school board members and others interested in Kentucky education need to see.
Among other things, the report goes into considerable detail about how the Jefferson County Teachers Association union contract is having important and undesirable impacts on the Louisville area’s school system. There is even an indication that the law created by House Bill 176 from the 2010 regular session was violated in Louisville. That alone should make it mandatory reading for school board members in the city.
Other comments in the report have wider implications for all of the state.
However, there is a backlog at the editing function of the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission, so this report’s release is delayed.
Because the findings are important to deliberations going on now in Frankfort, Louisville and elsewhere, I did an open records request for the draft document version of the report which was approved in December. As this approval draft version is unlikely to be changed much by final editing, and because the main messages are time critical, the report has been posted in the freedomkentucky.org Wiki site.
You can access the approval draft by clicking here.