More evidence of teachers’ union interference with low-achieving school turn-arounds in Jefferson County

Over the weekend the Courier-Journal ran an article with more evidence of teachers’ union interference with the expensive effort to turn around some of Jefferson County Public Schools’ (JCPS) Persistently Low-Achieving Schools (PLA). After first pointing out that PLAs in a number of areas around the state are making progress, the Louisville paper then points…

School superintendent data to become much more transparent

In the aftermath of several shocking audits that found school superintendents in some systems such as the Dayton Independent School District improperly received significant and unauthorized extra payments well above any agreed to contract figures, the Kentucky Department of Education has announced it is creating an on line repository for every school superintendent’s contract, salary…

Widespread test cheating in Atlanta leads to teacher indictments

The test cheating scandals involving teachers and other school staff in the Atlanta school system have now progressed to the point where three-dozen school staffers have been indicted. Kentucky had its own test cheating scandal on the state-run ACT testing program in Perry County several years ago. Several staff members received suspensions on their teaching…

Local officials ‘not optimistic’ that SB 2 fixes Kentucky’s pension problems

Governing.com reports that Kentucky’s local government leaders “are far less impressed” than Gov. Steve Beshear with Senate Bill 2 (which did so little we can’t, in good conscience, call it “reform”) passed last week by the Kentucky General Assembly. Beshear called it “a good solution.” Good, perhaps, for the next political campaign, but not for Kentucky’s…

Taking a better look at new graduation rates in Jefferson County Public Schools

Due to the troubling rate of improvement in a large number of Persistently Low-Achieving Schools (PLAs) found in Jefferson County’s public schools, the entire school district has been under a microscope for some time. Concerns really started to ratchet up after the Kentucky Board of Education was told on February 6, 2013 that the worst…

KY Ed Commissioner tells how union contract blocks needed reforms in Louisville’s schools

The Leadership West Louisville Institute hosted one of their Lunch Forum Panel discussions today on the “Academic Genocide” going on in Louisville’s Persistently Low-Achieving Schools (PLAs). Panelist Terry Holliday, the Kentucky Commissioner of Education, got hit with what-if questions and came right back with some here’s-how-it-is answers. This is by far the strongest commentary yet…

Bluegrass Institute is proud to see House Bill 1 signed into law

Today is a great day for the Bluegrass Institute, and the commonwealth. Earlier today, Gov. Steve Beshear signed House Bill 1 into law, a law that will finally shine the light of public transparency on Kentucky’s “ghost governments.” These spooky bureaucratic entities consist of more than 1,200  special taxing districts across the commonwealth which have…