Will it be strike two for Jefferson County Schools’ Chief Academic Officer manning?

More major problems are brewing for the already beleaguered Jefferson County school system. On April 21, 2017, an online service connected to the Birmingham News newspaper reported that Lisa Herring, the current Chief Academic Officer (CAO) at the Jefferson County Public School District (JCPS), is a finalist to become Birmingham, Alabama’s new school superintendent. So,…

Bluegrass Beacon…Accountability in public education: What’s good for the goose is the same for the gander

Opponents of giving Kentucky parents control over where their children attend school claim such policies would result in a lack of accountability. Louisville Rep. Mary Lou Marzian fretted on KET’s “Kentucky Tonight” in February that charter schools – which simply are innovative public schools chosen by parents rather than assigned by the system – “have…

The arrogance of Kentucky’s public school monopoly: Part 1, Louisville

Competition: the way a monopoly is dismantled. This week we offer a series of blogs looking at how the traditional public school system in Kentucky – which enjoys a virtual monopoly over deciding where your child can go to school – has been seduced by its own power in arrogant ways that adversely impact students and taxpayers…

Quote of the day: Has the Jefferson County teachers union boss ‘entered the federal witness protection program?’

“Has JCTA President Brent McKim entered the federal witness protection program? With some teachers forced to buy their own chalk, why hasn’t their union chief, to paraphrase Mr. Shakespeare,‘troubled deaf heaven with his bootless cries?’ The silence from the Jefferson County legislative delegation is also deafening. Aren’t they just a tad disappointed that the millions…