Kentucky State Board of Education ignoring its own school accountability system???!!!

During the Kentucky Board of Education meeting today, the Fleming County Public School District came up during a discussion of school districts that are in state assistance. A number of problems in Fleming County were mentioned such as the recent resignation of a local school board member, the forthcoming resignation of superintendent Tom Price and…

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…

Talk about ‘Future Shock!’: Bankruptcy judge’s ruling further threatens Ky’s drowning pension system

In recent reports on Kentucky’s public pension crisis, the Bluegrass Institute revealed that many  of the 1,701 entities that added to the Kentucky Retirement System over the years (mostly as a result of politicians seeking to curry political favor) were nonpublic agencies added by politicians seeking to curry political favors. However, passage last year of…

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…

Role Reversal: Kids push adults to do the right thing at Louisville Male High School

Students upset about staff behavior during testing, investigation In the latest development in the on-going saga of cheating on COMPASS college placement testing at Louisville’s Male High School, some of the school’s students have taken it to school district adults to do the right thing with a protest outside the district offices. With Jefferson County…