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…

US has “unimpressive” showing on new international test results

This from “Views on the News” from Teachers College at Columbia University: “The United States made an unimpressive showing on a global comparison of academic achievement among 15-year olds, touching off a fresh round of self-criticism by education reformers, policymakers and pundits, who declared that the results of the Program of International Student Assessment (PISA)…

Analysis of teachers’ union contracts exposes Jefferson County’s contract flaws

A new report shows the Jefferson County Public Schools’ teachers’ union contract has many problems and is well behind current policy in more progressive school districts in Kentucky. According to the recently approved “Analysis of Collective Bargaining Agreements in Kentucky Districts,” Jefferson County’s union contract: • Is the most “cumbersome” • “Strongly dictates the process…