Open Records: Jefferson County Schools, Berman performance evaluation

An open records request was sent today to obtain the most recent performance evaluation for outgoing Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) superintendent Sheldon Berman. JCPS and Berman were part of the investigative report “Rewarding Failure” which shed light on the broken process of evaluating the performance of school district leaders. With this records request, the…

Cheating on state assessments could bring more federal intrusion

Education Week is reporting (subscription?) that US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is really unhappy about major cheating scandals on state assessments unfolding in Atlanta and Washington DC. EdWeek says the feds are now talking about creating anti-cheating rules states will have to follow with their assessment programs to keep a watch for cheating. Getting…

Talking about pension reform is just the first step

With Kentucky House leader Greg Stumbo stating that pension reform for new hires is up for discussion, does this mean we may finally get somewhere with state pension reform in the next General Assembly? [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40rqD5RoG7Y?version=3] While we need to do much more than simply open the discussion about public pensions, this is certainly a step…