Do we need KACo?

During tight budget times, the questions should not stop with: Has the Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo) implemented the kind of internal controls that will prevent future agency officials from tucking taxpayers’ dollars in bikini strings and using KACo credit cards for escort services. The questions shouldn’t even end with: Will KACo be more transparent…

Louisville middle school loses appeal to keep Site Base Council

State Board of Education unimpressed As the Courier-Journal reports today the Robert Frost Middle School in Jefferson County lost its appeal to keep its School Based Decision Making Council (often called the “Site Base Council”) self-governance authority. This state board decision follows a March ‘Leadership Assessment’ audit that says Frost’s council, “…does not have sufficient…

They are keeping an eye on us…

I blogged yesterday on the excitement around our 2010 Open Records Project getting underway with the filing of over 30 records requests for superintendent performance evaluations in under-performing districts.  It seems the Kentucky School Boards Association has been keeping tabs; they were sure to inform their followers on Twitter… Yup! That’s us! The evaluations have…

Parents need help in fight to get services for learning disabled children in public schools

Talk with the parents. They have love, stamina, dedication, tenacity and frustration. They don’t get much help. They battle the power of a complacent bureaucracy that isn’t held accountable to provide services mandated by law. Kentucky legislators don’t have the courage to buck strong teachers-union lobbyists to offer these parents school choice. Although it might…