Quote of the day – Pertains to both reading instruction and Kentucky’s problematic school council system

“Being a former legislator, what’s been very popular is local control and flexibility. And I supported that from the perspective I was in at that time. But now that I’ve been in this role as state (education) chief, I see the fallacy there. … It’s almost un-American to say that the state department is better…

Something really wrong with the Kentucky Board of Education/Department of Education’s survey to find out what the public wants in a new education commissioner

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), with knowledge of the dubiously reformed Kentucky Board of Education, is running an online survey supposedly to find out what the public thinks will be important qualities in the new education commissioner. But, just like earlier SurveyMonkeys the department ran during the reviews of various academic area education standards,…

The inconsistency in the state board of education’s ill-advised termination of its finance committee

I wrote on January 17, 2020 about a really bad action by the dubiously reconstituted Kentucky Board of Education (KBE), which just terminated its Finance Committee last week. As I pointed out in that blog, the terminated committee was engaged in some extremely important and badly-needed technical work to improve the currently very troubled state…

Improved education financial transparency now at risk thanks to new state board’s decision

The questionably reconstituted Kentucky Board of Education isn’t wasting much time putting to waste one of the more important efforts of the board that was improperly replaced. Multiple reporters Tweeted out from the new board’s meeting today that the Finance Committee initiated by the ousted board is being disbanded. That’s a huge mistake. There are…

Bill to return rationality to governance of Kentucky’s schools filed

Senate Bill 7, an act relating to school councils, has been filed in the Kentucky Legislature by Kentucky State Senator John Schickel and nine other leading senators. The bill will make some badly needed revisions to Kentucky’s highly problematic School Based Decision Making (SBDM) system for governing the state’s public schools. Some of these major…