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…

State Auditor: Jefferson County Public School District has top-heavy bureaucracy

Confirming problems many have long understood on a subjective basis, the Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts just released a huge report on the Jefferson County Public School District (JCPS). The report was actually requested by the Jefferson County Board of Education, which now might better understand its limitations in trying to control the huge bureaucratic…

School and district staff performance audits in Fleming County take a toll

I have written over the past week about the tumultuous situation in the Fleming County High School where hundreds of students walked out in protest after a state inspection team said the principal should be removed. Along the way, I learned that this school’s performance new review is indeed loaded with serious findings, but that…

Fewer Than 40 Percent of Seniors Are Prepared for College, NAEP Analysis Finds

Education Week reports that fewer than one out of four high school seniors were ready for college in 2013 according to a new report from the National Assessment Governing Board, which oversees the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The message comes only a week after new results from the 2013 administration of the NAEP…

Union admits teaching a problem but wants teachers to keep jobs, anyway!

This from WDRB: “LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — The President of the Jefferson County Teachers Association admits ineffective teaching troubled Myers Middles School, but says those teachers should keep their jobs.” This would not happen if Myers were a charter school. In charter schools principals have the authority to get rid of poor performing teachers –…