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Here is WAVE 3 TV coverage of the press conference for the release of the new Bluegrass Institute report on the performance of Kentucky’s No Child Left Behind Tier 5 schools.
There is a link on this page to the one-minute On-Air coverage from August 24, 2009.
You can read the report itself by clicking here.
A new Bluegrass Institute report highlights the Kentucky Department of Education’s failure to implement promised changes to address continual long-term poor performance in the commonwealth’s worst schools.
Click here to read entire news release.
Bowling Green resident Mike Kanan told Daily News reporter Jenna Mink that “the bottom line has to be everybody gets health care.”
The “bottom line has to be” that everybody is free to make their own decisions.
The “bottom line has to be” that decisions about medical care are made by doctors and their patients, not the government.
The “bottom line has to be” not only that the government stays out of the health-insurance business, but that it encourages competition among private insurers and providers.
As we mentioned in earlier blogs such as here, President Obama and US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan are stressing that states that want a part of the more than $4 billion second-tier education stimulus money, known as the “Race to the Top Fund,” have to meet some conditions. One mentioned frequently is “increasing the supply of high-quality charter schools.”
Kentucky doesn’t even have charter schools let alone any plans to increase their numbers, but education leaders here said that wouldn’t leave us “out” because our School Based Decision Making Councils (SBDM) were a suitable substitute.
Well, the word now circulating in education circles here is the SBDM ruse isn’t going to fly.
I guess the feds figured out the obvious – real charter schools are nothing like Kentucky’s SBDM schools.
Real charters are important incubators of education reforms because they are released from compliance with the huge number of onerous regulations that burden regular schools, SBDM schools included.
That doesn’t mean the charters can run amuck, however. Real charters have a local chartering organization, a university for example, that provides up close and personal oversight while allowing the freedom to move out quickly on new ideas.
The chartering organization often provides lots of support beyond oversight, as well. And, that help is custom-tailored to that specific school’s needs.
No Frankfort-dominated program such as our SBDM system can ever hope to match such local oversight and flexibility.
So, watch out for changes to positions about charter schools in Kentucky. With a share, maybe a significant share, of $4 billion plus hanging in the balance, the discussion about charter schools for the Bluegrass State is definitely heating up.
State Representative Stan Lee has already pre-filed a bill to bring charters to Kentucky, and even some Kentucky educators actually are starting to say this might be a good piece of legislation. Furthermore, because the second-tier education money will be awarded in two phases, a quick passage of a charter bill early in the next legislative session might help Kentucky in the “Race to the Top.”