Persistently Low-Achieving Schools in Jefferson County share common problems

The Courier-Journal reports that some of the newly identified group of Persistently Low-Achieving Schools in Kentucky share common problems. According to the newspaper, audits of Fairdale, Doss and Seneca High Schools in Jefferson County – three of the six schools from Jefferson County in the 2010 low-achieving schools group – identified common problems: • Classroom…

Highly experienced Jefferson County teachers don’t go to/stay in low-performing schools

New information – not previously available to the public – strongly confirms what many already suspected: because teacher seniority rules assignments in Jefferson County, few experienced teachers are found in the school district’s many low-performing schools. “Analysis of Collective Bargaining Agreements in Kentucky Districts”, a new report from the Kentucky Office of Education Accountability (OEA),…

State financial peril in 12 months?

You think the federal deficit is as bad as it gets? Think again. A CBS 60 Minutes segment paints an ugly picture about what might be coming to state and local governments near you. Now, apply the same terms used to describe the federal government’s attempt to cover up hidden deficits – “financial irresponsibility,” “reckless…