Accountability, Behavior/Discipline, District Boundaries, Privatization of Public Education, Standardized Testing, Student Assignment, Teacher Shortage, Vision: 2020

Educational Justice With “E’s”

This is a DRAFT of our legislative priorities for 2020. We want your input! Please help us rank them and provide examples of each of the categories listed below. Suggested edits and additions also welcome. ACHIEVING EDUCATIONAL JUSTICE in JCPS “with E’S” FROM OUR JCPS BOARD MEMBERS & SUPERINTENDENT, we demand: EVIDENCE-BASED education practices Realistic… Continue reading Educational Justice With “E’s”

Privatization of Public Education, Standardized Testing

A Thermometer Never Made Anyone Well

Dear KBE members, Public school advocates such as myself do not disagree that Kentucky is graduating some of its students with fewer skills than should be considered "college-ready." However, adding more requirements to graduate, without adding resources and supports to ensure they can meet these goals, is tantamount to adding more thermometers to a patient's… Continue reading A Thermometer Never Made Anyone Well

Privatization of Public Education, Standardized Testing

Letter to Kentucky Board of Education About New Graduation Requirements

Dear KBE, With the vote on new graduation requirements looming, several educational organizations and leaders have already named specific concerns with many aspects of the Kentucky Departments of Education’s proposal.  The issues they’ve identified should be sufficient to at least pause the approval of the proposal.  But, the debate has become one over details which… Continue reading Letter to Kentucky Board of Education About New Graduation Requirements

Accountability, Privatization of Public Education, Standardized Testing

This Week’s Episode of Save Our Schools with Dear JCPS

Airs Thursdays at 6:00 PM, Fridays at 3:00 PM and Saturdays at 7:00 AM. Listen live here: It’s that time again! Time for Save Our Schools with Dear JCPS on Forward Radio 106.5 FM Here are some of the things we will be talking about on today's show (Sept 27, 2018). In the studio today,… Continue reading This Week’s Episode of Save Our Schools with Dear JCPS

Budget, Standardized Testing, Vision: 2020

Non-Certified Instructor Impact Survey

As first reported by Toni Konz, WDRB, a state audit recently forced JCPS to reassign many of its non-certified instructors to supporting roles instead of supervising classrooms, since state law does not allow them to do so without a certified teacher present. This has apparently resulted in modification or discontinuation of certain optional classes in… Continue reading Non-Certified Instructor Impact Survey

Accountability, Privatization of Public Education, Standardized Testing, Vision: 2020

Reducing SBDM Councils to “Advisory” Would Lower the Bar for Public Schools

Tomorrow, the Kentucky house and senate education committees will be holding a joint meeting to discuss, among other things, taking power away from SBDMs. Read more from KASC's post: Keep Your Voice. Koch-Brothers aligned "free-market" proponent BIPPS is one of the anti-SBDM speakers tomorrow. In an opinion letter that appeared in several papers across the… Continue reading Reducing SBDM Councils to “Advisory” Would Lower the Bar for Public Schools

"Males of Color" Magnet School, Accountability, Admin, Behavior/Discipline, District Boundaries, Magnet Review Process, Privatization of Public Education, Standardized Testing, Teacher Shortage, Vision: 2020

LET’S PLAY “WHITE-PRIVILEGED MONOPOLY!”

White privilege is real. So is generational, institutionalized racism. Nowhere is it more prevalent than in our public school system. But often, those who make the rules have a hard time seeing how those rules can limit access to opportunity for others. While these issues are nothing to make light of, sometimes you need a… Continue reading LET’S PLAY “WHITE-PRIVILEGED MONOPOLY!”

Accountability, Admin, Privatization of Public Education, Standardized Testing, Vision: 2020

Mr. Brady, Where Do You Stand?

The following letter was sent to @BradyJCPSBOE on April 23, 2017 from a Maupin parent: Mr. Chris Brady, I am following up on our conversation on Wed, Mar 22, 2017 after the Townhall meeting w/ Pruitt. As I recall you had stated that you thought this year would have been the 1st year to consider… Continue reading Mr. Brady, Where Do You Stand?

Accountability, Admin, Privatization of Public Education, Standardized Testing, Vision: 2020

Perhaps Impatience and Lack of Commitment Are The “Problem” With Maupin

Dear Dr. Willner: Please vote “NO” tomorrow night for the removal of magnet status from Maupin Elementary School’s Catalpa School of Innovation Magnet Program and the discontinuation of the Catalpa Waldorf model for the 2017-18 school year. I have spoken to a number of individuals who share my concerns about the discontinuation of the Magnet… Continue reading Perhaps Impatience and Lack of Commitment Are The “Problem” With Maupin