Governor Steve Beshear launched a task force to lead another initiative to transform education in the state. The goal is for the task force to formulate recommendations by the end of 2010. That will set the stage for the legislature to meddle once again in education during 2011 legislative session and suffocate any chance for true system change.
We’ve done this task force thing too many times before. We don’t need another task force. We need a leader.
Here are the fast track steps to transform Kentucky’s education system:
1) Read the Iredell-Statesville Schools Statesville, N.C. 2008 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award winning application.
2) Say thank goodness we hired Terry Holliday, Ph.D., who led that effort, as our Kentucky Department of Education Commissioner.
3) Ask all the legislators, consultants, task force participants, and other Kentucky officials who have hindered Kentucky education professionals over the past 20 years to repeal all of their prescriptive and constrictive legislation, edicts, processes, procedures, and other ideas.
4) Get out of Holliday’s way and give him a free hand to do for Kentucky what he did at Iredell-Statesville, N.C.
5) Start ‘Transforming Education in Kentucky’ tomorrow under Holliday’s leadership and ‘can’ the task force with special commendations for a job well done.
You don’t hire the best and then dilute his impact by saddling him with opinions from people who can’t be held accountable to implement them.
The bottom-line difference: Parents, kids and teachers get real hope starting tomorrow from a proven education leader!