The arrogance of Kentucky’s public school monopoly: Part 1, Louisville

Competition: the way a monopoly is dismantled. This week we offer a series of blogs looking at how the traditional public school system in Kentucky – which enjoys a virtual monopoly over deciding where your child can go to school – has been seduced by its own power in arrogant ways that adversely impact students and taxpayers…

I can see why some Jefferson County school board members have budget questions

I wrote earlier today about a new report that the Jefferson County Board of Education, which is currently embroiled in questions about their ability to manage that school district’s huge budget, has just approved a record-breaking, 10.2 percent increase in their budget for 2014. Some of the information came from a very interesting article in…

Quote of the day: Has the Jefferson County teachers union boss ‘entered the federal witness protection program?’

“Has JCTA President Brent McKim entered the federal witness protection program? With some teachers forced to buy their own chalk, why hasn’t their union chief, to paraphrase Mr. Shakespeare,‘troubled deaf heaven with his bootless cries?’ The silence from the Jefferson County legislative delegation is also deafening. Aren’t they just a tad disappointed that the millions…

Despite official audit questions about budget expertise, Jefferson County School Board passes record budget

First, a little background – The ink is hardly dry on a scathing new audit of the Jefferson County Public School system, which includes sharp comments about a lack of budget understanding on the part of the district’s school board members. For example, the auditor’s findings include: “Finding 9: Board members generally do not appear…

Role Reversal: Kids push adults to do the right thing at Louisville Male High School

Students upset about staff behavior during testing, investigation In the latest development in the on-going saga of cheating on COMPASS college placement testing at Louisville’s Male High School, some of the school’s students have taken it to school district adults to do the right thing with a protest outside the district offices. With Jefferson County…

Jefferson County does not match up academically to other districts from audit that we can check

This week Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts Adam Edelen delivered an audit on the functioning of the Jefferson County Public School (JCPS) District. Plenty of problems are listed in this 301-page report, but the auditor also provides over 200 suggestions on how to improve. That could be helpful – IF – Jefferson County folks ever…

Louisville’s new schools audit: Let the denials begin

It was only a few hours after the new audit of the Jefferson County Public Schools was released on Wednesday by the Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts before the denials started rolling in from Louisville’s entrenched, adults-first interests. WAVE-3’s article, “JCPS fires back after audit claims wasted millions,” carried some of those first denials from…