Kentucky school superintendent gets it: Improving education comes first in the fight on poverty

Some educators have the situation completely backwards. They think we will never improve education until we first eradicate poverty. While that attitude provides a convenient excuse for low educational performance, I think those educators have this exactly backwards. Fortunately, a lot of other educators – those who are interested in performance, not excuses – agree…

State Journal raises important issue about increasing graduation rates: We don’t want diploma mills

The announcement about the slight rise in high school graduation rates in Kentucky is generally good news. However, a thoughtful editorial in the State Journal (Frankfort), “Dropouts and more” (subscription?), raises an important issue – we don’t want diploma awards to increase solely because districts are operating diploma mills. The Journal editorial notes such concerns…

Lexington mayor talks “unsustainable” pensions

“Thorny” and “out of control” are the words that Lexington Mayor Jim Gray used to describe the city’s pension situation. Uh oh. In a recent interview with WUKY, Gray explains how the city’s annual required contribution to the pension system has increased by 400% over the past decade and describes this is as “unsustainable”. He…