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…

BIPPS tackles meth ‘compromise’ in Herald-Leader op-ed

In his op-ed in today’s Lexington Herald-Leader, Jim Waters, vice president of policy and communications, discussed the latest attempt by some politicians and pencil pushers at law enforcement agencies to make pseudoephedrine a controlled substance. An attempt to exempt “gel” or “liquid-gel” caps from requiring a prescription is being called a compromise. But Waters writes…