Jim Warren at the Herald-Leader nicely summarizes some of the more important issues to come up at the recent Kentucky Board of Education meeting.
The board wants authority to remove local school superintendents and school board members when schools consistently under-perform.
The board also wants to expand preschool programs and to raise the minimum school dropout age to 18.
Of course, removing superintendents might not make sense unless some other actions that the board discussed are also taken. Right now superintendents don’t really have much authority in schools due to the way the School Based Decision Making Councils (SBDM) operate, but that might be changing.
The board did discuss how a superintendent can fire a principal, but it is the SBDM that gets to hire the replacement. In one recent case discussed by the state board chair, Joe Brothers, a principal was removed, but the SBDM promptly hired someone just as bad. Now that person has also been removed and the superintendent is watching the same crazy process work all over again.
By the way, all the board’s discussions are now in archived Webcasts available here: