Along with rubber-stamped evaluations and pay increases regardless of results, Kentucky principals also can lose students entrusted to their care and nothing happens but a reprimand.
The Courier-Journal reports on a live WHAS announcement today that Kentucky Senate President David Williams and state Sen. Dan Seum of Louisville will prefile a bill to insure that parents can send their children to the school nearest their home so long as that school does not have special entry requirements.
Clearly, the busing mess in Jefferson County is starting to get attention far outside the city.
Kentucky Public Radio reporter Tony McVeigh reports that in his reaction comments to Kentucky losing Race to the Top money yesterday, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear also remarked about charter schools, “I think that’s an issue that will be discussed in the future. And as I’ve said, I think if it’s used properly, it can be a useful tool.”
Given Kentucky’s recent education stumbles, including a drop in the state’s public school ACT Composite Score and the clear signal from Washington via Race to the Top that other states, not Kentucky, are the new darlings of education reform, we clearly need some “useful tools” in our education system.
A recent forum sponsored by the Kentucky Education Restoration Alliance (KERA) and held at Louisville’s Kentucky Center for African American Heritage emphasized the need for education reform to again become part of the Civil Rights movement.
Walter Jones, associate pastor of the Baptized Pentecostal Baptist Church in Louisville and a former policy analyst for The Family Foundation, spoke about the need for the black community to elevate its attitudes about education and expectations for black students.
Jones used a personal reference to emphasize: There was a time when education was a higher priority in the black community.
Liberty lovers across the commonwealth should claim the freedom fighter of Sherwood Forest as one of their own.
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