Jefferson County schools in trouble over what they are doing in Persistently Low-Achieving Schools

The Courier-Journal reports that the Jefferson County Public School District may not be meeting federal and state requirements for turning around its Persistently Low-Achieving Schools, which are among the state’s very worst performing schools. As a consequence, Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday indicates he may withhold millions of federal school turn-around dollars for Jefferson…

Kentucky school districts swim in money while Medicaid drowns

Gov. Beshear is accusing those who oppose his avoid-all-tough-decisions-until-the-election’s-over approach to dealing with Kentucky’s Medicaid shortfall as a bunch of meanies wanting to cut funding for “our schoolchildren.” Well…..let’s see here: According to the Legislative Research Commission, local Kentucky school districts have balances of $775 million, which is 49 percent more than they had in…

NEA general counsel lays it out – union rights are more important than closing achievement gaps, raising graduation rates, improving teacher quality

This YouTube of National Education Association (NEA) General Counsel Bob Chanin’s 2009 comments about union priorities lays it out very nicely. Lawyer Chanin makes it clear: union rights such as: • “Due process” (meaning, continuing the excessively burdensome procedures that have to be followed before a teacher can be removed for poor performance), • employee…

Get out of Education Commissioner Holliday’s way

Gov. Beshear, Kentucky legislators, teachers’ unions and their highfalutin’ consultants just can’t resist dictating education policy and operations. There are major problems with this approach: 1) Most are amateurs on turnarounds and creating education performance excellence.2) They can’t implement their theories or be held accountable for results. There is an alternative to amateur hour. The…