National Board Certified Teachers

– Are they worth the cost? Around 74,000 teachers now have been certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), and 32,000 teachers have been certified for more than half a decade. The organization’s directory of teachers indicates that as of March 30, 2009 there are 1,605 active certified teachers in Kentucky, although…

Beshear gives himself an A+

Gov. Steve Beshear’s video message released Friday discussed the just-completed legislative session. “When we entered the 2009 General Assembly session, the legislature and I understood that our state’s future was truly on the line. All of us knew we were working toward something much larger than ourselves, so we ignored labels like Democrat and Republican,…

KERA Theories That Just Didn’t Work

The dust is settling from the final signing of Senate Bill 1 (SB-1), which marks the well-deserved end of Kentucky’s second unsuccessful attempt to incorporate Progressive Education Theories into a valid assessment program. The demise of the CATS assessments, which never changed enough from the original KIRIS assessment to be successful, reminds me of other…

How about 1-800-NO-WASTE?

When the Kentucky legislature raised cigarette taxes last month, they did it promising to raise nearly $150 million in new tobacco taxes to go toward the old overspending. Also part of the rationale for the tax hike was that it would incentivize people to quit smoking. Today, though, we get the first public acknowledgement from…