Washington D.C. think tank Citizens Against Government Waste has named Kentucky Rep. Hal Rogers as their “Porker of the Month”. How embarrassing…
So apparently “pre-crime” technology is all the rage now. Washington D.C. announced that it will soon be implementing this technology to predict when crimes will happen based on the length of sentences, ages of previous offenders, and location (which implies tracking of some sort). Sounds too wild to be true? Almost like a movie? Well it was – Minority Report.
I don’t know about you but tracking someone and plugging information such as age, previous crimes, geographic movement patterns, etc… sounds like guilty until proven innocent. This is a dangerous road. Lets remind our representatives that this is not constitutional.
Jim Waters, vice president of policy and communications, will talk charter schools and address today’s announcement that Kentucky did not receive Race to the Top funding on Bowling Green’s WKCT-AM 930.
Waters will appear on “Drive Time” with host Chad Young at 5:20 this afternoon. Listen here.
Data is now starting to emerge from the US Department of Education about the Race to the Top Phase 2 competition.
Bluntly put, Kentucky’s self-‘marketing’ didn’t impress the final judges.
I got a chance to ask an education expert about the RTTT results. Penny Sanders, who was the first head of the Kentucky Office of Education Accountability, more recently has been doing lots of work in Florida.
Says Dr. Sanders, “Florida has done an excellent job of linking classroom instruction to the state’s assessment and accountability system.” Sanders continued, “Furthermore, Florida has a system of alternatives so students can leave failing schools. Therefore, I am not surprised Florida did well.”
After all the glowing comments Kentucky heard earlier this week in the governor’s TEK Task Force Forum about our “nation-leading” education system, the stark reality in the news from Washington is that people outside our state are not buying it.
Says Bluegrass Institute President Rick Loghry, “The first step towards failure is when you start to believe your own marketing.”
For the sake of the state’s children, it looks like Kentucky’s educators and leaders better retrace some of those first, fateful steps towards believing our own ‘marketing’ really fast.
Multiple news sources are reporting that Kentucky has lost the Race to the Top (RTTT) federal education funding competition – again.
Formal announcement is expected from the US Department of Education a bit later today along with the amount of awards each winning state will receive.
Per multiple news sources, the winners include;
• New York,
• North Carolina,
• Rhode Island and
• Washington, D.C.
Kentucky was the only state in the finalists for Phase II without any charter school legislation. Most likely, if the list above is confirmed, a significant factor in the state’s loss will be the fact that Kentucky denies education flexibility for parents.
Without RTTT money, Kentucky’s educators will have to make some tough decisions in order to implement Senate Bill 1 requirements from the 2009 regular legislative session.
More as this story develops.
The Jefferson County Board of Education’s rule is hard to understand.
If you want to speak at many legislative meetings, all you have to do is show up a few minutes early and sign up on the speakers’ list. The same was true under former Kentucky Board of Education chair Joe Brothers’ rules – show up a few minutes before the board meeting started, and you got to speak.
Not so for the Jefferson County Board of Education. Fox news reported that anyone who wanted to speak at last night’s meeting had to sign up in advance – other reports said no later than several hours before the meeting – and those who signed up had to say what they planned to talk about.
This clearly limited parent presentations last night.
Follow-up Fox coverage today says a parent who didn’t sign up was ejected when she tried to address the board.
Twelve parents did get to speak, but Fox provides little coverage of what they said.
So, we still don’t know if the two examples of bad busing experiences discussed in this blog and a comment to the blog were widespread or mostly isolated problems.
If you know of other examples of the Jefferson County busing program going crazy, we want to hear about it. Please leave a comment or call the Bluegrass Institute (270-782-2140) so one of our staff can contact you. We especially want to hear if there are more recent problems from this week.
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