The arrogance of the public school monopoly: Part 5, Cheating even in a top public high school???

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…

The arrogance of the public school monopoly: Part 3, Dayton déjà vu in Mason County, too?

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…

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…

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…

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…