Charter school action ratchets up a notch in Kentucky

The past two days saw major charter school action in Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville with extended testimony to the Kentucky Legislature’s Interim Joint Education Committee and Charter School Town Hall events, as well. There was compelling commentary from both experts and Kentucky parents who understand how the current, one-size-must-fit-all public education system in this state…

‘Districts of Innovation’ – Not much interest, not much innovation???

Charter Schools would work MUCH better! As I blogged a few days ago, there was a lot of hoopla several years ago when teachers union supporters in the Kentucky General Assembly passed an anti-charter school, bait-and-switch bill to create “Districts of Innovation” instead (House Bill 37, signed into law on April 11, 2012). At that…

District of Innovation moving at the pace of a tortoise

There was a lot of hoopla several years ago when teachers union supporters in the Kentucky General Assembly passed an anti-charter school, bait-and-switch bill to create “Districts of Innovation” instead (House Bill 37, enacted 2012). At that time, supporters of the bill claimed it would do just about everything good that charter schools were doing…

Stop Press! Kentucky social studies standards process on hold for public comments!

Less than a month after I posted my first blog critical of Kentucky’s plan to revise the state’s social studies standards, the Kentucky Department of Education has issued a news release announcing the process to change the state’s social studies standards is on hold until the public had a chance to provide input! According to…

More fallout from big school system embezzlement scandal in Shelby County

The Sentinel-News from Shelby County reports that Shelby County schools Director of Finance Greg Murphy has stepped down from his position in the latest development following the discovery of the embezzlement of nearly $600,000 from the school district’s substitute teacher funds. The newspaper also reports that the person charged in this case, Benita Anglin, appeared…

What’s missing in Kentucky’s proposed social studies standards?

A WHOLE LOT! I’ve been looking through the state’s current Kentucky Core Academic Standards for social studies (online in this document along with all the other subject standards). I wanted to see what material currently required statewide in social studies courses isn’t even mentioned in the draft proposed standards that were presented to the Kentucky…

Fayette County schools admit achievement gaps have been growing

Most white-black math and reading gaps are up statewide, as well According to comments in an October 28, 2014 Herald-Leader article, “Fayette school board approves recommendations to eliminate achievement gap,” the Fayette County Public School District’s newest Equity Scorecard showed, “…the achievement gap had widened, with lower numbers of distinguished and proficient students on the…

Principal fired for activities surrounding testing

WDRB reports that former Louisville Male High School principal David Mike has now been fired for “conduct unbecoming of a teacher” by the Jefferson County Public School system. The firing relates to Mike’s failure to “create a proper testing environment and that he told a teacher to destroy documents.” The inappropriate activity is related to…

Education Trust: Kentucky’s school assessments hide achievement gap problems

Education Trust gets it right about achievement gaps. Their new report, “Making Sure All Children Matter: Getting School Accountability Signals Right,” says: “Even the strongest critics of No Child Left Behind will acknowledge that the law did one thing right — create an expectation that in order to be considered successful, a school had to…