Beshear does not retain only working business and industry person on Kentucky Board of Education

The Courier-Journal reports that Governor Steve Beshear has replaced Kentucky industrialist Billy Harper on the Kentucky Board of Education with Leo Calderon of Edgewood, Kentucky. The newspaper provides no information on the appointee other than his residence, and neither the governor’s office nor the department of education have public news releases about the appointment available…

Attention Kentucky lawmakers who claim you don’t know what a charter school is: Read the bill

In a recent interview on “Pure Politics,” Rep. Brad Montell, R–Shelbyville, said “most legislators on both sides of the aisle, frankly, don’t know enough about charter schools.” A bill sponsored by Montell that would allow charter schools in Kentucky was heard in the House Education Committee in February of this year. Montell requested that no…

Kentucky’s education system will get left out as charter networks expand

Education Week reports (subscription?) that several charter school operators are planning to expand to other locations outside of their home states. Says Education Week: “Until now, organizations such as Aspire Public Schools and Rocketship Education, both headquartered in California, and BASIS Schools, Inc., of Arizona, which have been held up as worthy of emulation, have…

Jefferson County Schools central office cleanup saves millions

The Courier-Journal reports an extensive clean-up of the bloated central office at the Jefferson County Public School District is likely to save $4 million, apparently each year. That, according to district superintendent Danna Hargens, is money she can now plow back into education in the schools. It’s about time. Things are so bad even the…

Phillip S. Rogers retires from Kentucky’s teacher certification board

Dr. Phillip Rogers retires today from the position of Executive Director of the Kentucky Educational Professional Standards Board (EPSB), the organization that oversees professional certification of teachers and principals. He leaves an important legacy. Perhaps the most stunning action to take place while Dr. Rogers was at the helm was the EPSB’s cancellation of certification…