Holliday selected as new Kentucky Commissioner of Education

The Kentucky Department of Education announces that, “Terry Holliday, superintendent of the Iredell-Statesville school district in Statesville, North Carolina, has been selected as Kentucky’s fifth commissioner of education.” Holliday brings some impressive accomplishments to the job. Under his tenure, his district won the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. These awards recognize companies, organizations, businesses…

Special education: for boys only?

I’ve been writing over the past few days about a report on Kentucky’s special education programs that was given to the legislature’s Interim Joint Committee on Education on Monday. Until now, my comments have focused on data slides directly discussed in the meeting. However, as I read through the companion report I was absolutely awestruck…

Governor rode a dead horse

Gov. Steve Beshear refuses to consider Senate President David Williams’ plan to help Kentucky’s horse-racing industry address its most-challenging obstacles. As a result, the governor’s plan to add racinos at Kentucky’s horse-racing tracks failed to win enough support during a special legislative session and the commonwealth’s signature industry remains in danger of falling behind. Click…