Suit for school choice filed

The News-Journal reports that the Corbin Independent School District has made good on its promise to do what it takes to protect student choice. The district filed suit in court to get its long-standing student transfer agreement with the Knox County Public Schools reinstated. This lawsuit is about protecting the rights of parents to make…

Kentucky legislators make professional education administrators impotent leaders

The School-Based Decision Making (SBDM) Law (KRS 160.345) relinquishes too much decision power to part-time administrative amateurs. Kentucky has systemic problems in its schools. Name one other organization that has a crucial mission with severe consequences if it fails that hands over critical top management planning and decision-making to three non-management employees and two customers.…

How well do Jefferson County schools serve foster care children?

The short answer to this question is very poorly. Hear exactly how poorly from Jackie Stamps, the Regional Director for the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Department of Community Based Services. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBeqrVKEuGE] Some of the things Ms. Stamps mentions are a depressingly low high school graduation rate for Jefferson County foster care children…

Why schools fail

Video from Kyle Olson Kyle Olson is a vice president at the Education Action Group Foundation. His comments made during the recent Kentucky Education Restoration Alliance’s Education Forum set out some hard realities that sooner or later we simply must face. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMqgXO2_O2A]

Legislators finally approve regulation to get honest about high school graduation rates

One important action taken in the May 14, 2010 meeting of the Kentucky Legislature’s Education Assessment and Accountability Review Subcommittee was the approval of a new edition of regulation Kentucky 703 KAR 5:060, “Interim Assessment and Accountability Process,” which governs the accountability program in the state. Included in this revision are requirements for Kentucky to…