Newspaper: Jefferson County School Board flunking “Transparency 101”

Yesterday’s Courier-Journal reports on the continuing confrontation concerning the recent closed door evaluation of Jefferson County Schools superintendent Shelly Berman. The school board says it did nothing wrong and an existing Kentucky Attorney General opinion does not apply. However, the newspaper isn’t buying it and says it will appeal to the Attorney General’s office. According…

It’s about kids, not geography

The commonwealth has serious problems with its public education system. Yet the entrenched establishment apparently is more concerned about the fact that no Kentuckians are among the four finalists for state education commissioner. It’s understandable that Wilson Sears, executive director of the Kentucky Association of School Superintendents, would feel the pressure to lash out. After…

A tale of some Kentucky schools

Thanks to some extensive data collecting by Strive Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky (See the “2009 Striving Together: Report Card”), I just got a chance to compare some performance measures such as high school graduation rates and ACT scores for Kentucky Catholic Schools to those of nearby public schools. In Northern Kentucky, Catholic Schools offer the major school…

League of Ordinary Bureaucrats

It’s understandable that there might not be a lot of enthusiasm for the public to know that organizations supported partially by taxpayer dollars have garnered the attention of state Auditor Crit Luallen for their “excessive spending” and “inadequate oversight.” And no … we’re not talking about Congress or the Kentucky General Assembly. Rather, we’re referring…