Teacher accountability matters

Education Week reports (subscription) that a new study in Chicago shows that when principals got more authority to fire non-tenured teachers, the attendance rate of those teachers improved notably. The article also says, “In addition, principals were more likely to get rid of teachers whose students had shown less value-added achievement compared with those of…

Releasing persistently low-achieving school names – Good thing or not?

– Commissioner of Education sends confusing signals During direct questioning about House Bill 176 from members of the House Education Committee, Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday named 12 schools that would be identified as “Persistently Low-Achieving Schools” if the bill’s ‘Race to the Top’ rules were in force today. Dr. Holliday really had no…

Corbin parents rebuffed

It’s a sad tale. Parents want a choice so their kids can have a chance. But it’s the board that has the power. If Kentucky had a charter-school law, the parents who eloquently make their case for choice in this video would be empowered to make the best decisions for their children. It’s becoming more…

Standing up for states’ rights

If only three of the 16 state lawmakers who “passed” on voting on Senate Bill 3 on Monday would have cast a “yes” vote, the measure – known as the “21st Century Bill of Rights” – would have passed the Kentucky Senate. The proposed constitutional amendment was an attempt to reassert the commonwealth’s sovereignty in…