We all know Kentucky earned $0 in Race to the Top competition. Why?
We also know that Kentucky has wide proficiency gaps, unacceptable graduation rates and plentiful remediation needs for students entering Kentucky colleges. Why?
CN/2 Politics got some great clues from some Kentucky leaders after they learned their dog didn’t hunt again.
Maybe, just maybe, Kentucky’s lack of vision, leadership, enthusiasm and commitment combined with lackluster results played a major part.
Rep. Carl Rollins, D-Midway, chair of the House education committee, said the Obama administration must have been serious about charter schools being part of the solution set to get the money.
But wait! Maybe the DC folks knew Rollins is against charter schools and blocks all opportunities to give them a fair hearing and vote.
Sen. Ken Winters, R-Murray, chair of the Senate education committee, was very disappointed but agreed that no charter school options probably sunk Kentucky’s chances.
Maybe there is a root cause!
Maybe the teachers union resounding “NO” was all it took to kill any charter school option in the legislature and all potential Kentucky award dollars.