More insight into why Kentucky needs better public school financial reports

The Richmond (VA) Register has a recent article about “Commentary: Bogus barns and administrative excess: How school district fraud and waste cuts into teacher pay.” It discusses recent research from the Heritage Foundation into the ways fraud and abuse eats into tax money meant to educate children. The article points to several examples of these…

Principals indeed should lead, but Kentucky’s SBDM laws interfere with that

WDRB reporter Toni Konz posted a couple of Tweets a few days ago regarding the importance of the principal being a real leader in the school. She’s right about that. BUT, thanks to Kentucky’s awkward School Based Decision Making laws, which come from the Kentucky Education Reform Act of 1990, principal leadership is seriously hampered…

Charter Schools aren’t the only place adults make off with money meant for kids

Former Shelby County Public Schools payroll manager gets 18 years for swiping $600,000 One of the complaints we hear from opponents of charter schools regards corrupt finances. There has been fiscal misbehavior in a few charter schools. However, the traditional public school system in Kentucky is far from trouble free in this area. Unfortunately, Kentucky’s…

Jefferson County Schools playing games with Kentucky’s scholarship money

The Courier-Journal reports the largest school district in Kentucky now joins several others in watering down its grading system so more kids will get more scholarship money from the taxpayer. Resetting the grading scale so more students will get “A’s” on their report cards does nothing to increase academic rigor in the school system. It…

KY Auditor provides fiscal advice to local school boards

Concerned with obvious problems with the way local Kentucky schools and school boards are managing their money, Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts Adam Edelen’s office has released a set of 75 suggestions for how boards can do their job more efficiently. These recommendations should be very helpful to local school board members and others who…

Kentucky needs charter schools in more places than Louisville!

A lot of people understand that Kentucky’s largest city would benefit from more school options for students including charter schools operated independent of the stifling restrictions from bureaucracy and union influences in Louisville. Now, however, another hot prospect has emerged with a vengeance, and this time it is Lexington – not Louisville – that becomes…