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

Accountability, Admin, District Boundaries, Privatization of Public Education, Standardized Testing

Charter School Recommendations from KBE

This email was sent to Kentucky Board of Education Members. Their email addresses are: grboyd@bigsandybb.com, cundifffarms1979@gmail.com, RFGimmel@atlasmachine.com, sdhiv1234@gmail.com, gary.houchens@wku.edu, alesag.johnson@gmail.com, Robert.King@ky.gov, rlmarcum22@gmail.com, nawannap@aol.com, ceemore1@gmail.com, wtwyman@scrtc.com, marygwenw@cflouisville.org Dear KBE Members, As a parent of a recent JCPS graduate from one of our district’s Cohort 1 “priority” schools, I implore you to exercise extreme caution when vote… Continue reading Charter School Recommendations from KBE

Accountability, Behavior/Discipline, Challenger Learning Center, District Boundaries, Privatization of Public Education, Standardized Testing, Teacher Shortage, Vision: 2020

#BringBackTheColonel, Please?

This is an email that was sent by an Academy @ Shawnee Sophomore to Dr. Hargens on Sunday, Nov. 27. She asked that Dear JCPS publish it our our open letter forum. Dear Dr. Hargens, I wanted to follow up with you in regards to my speech that I gave at the JCPS Board meeting… Continue reading #BringBackTheColonel, Please?

Accountability, Privatization of Public Education, Standardized Testing, Teacher Shortage

When it Comes to “School Choice,” Consider the Whole

Trump’s latest appointment is the Secretary of Education. She is pro charter school. Making my career in education I think I’d like to weigh in on this and give my opinion. Having been subject to the deluge of opinions and memes over the past two weeks, why not throw one out there myself? This post… Continue reading When it Comes to “School Choice,” Consider the Whole

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

Endorsements Go Against True Public Education Interests

Opinion letter submitted to the Courier-Journal The public education community – made up of students, parents/guardians, teachers, staff, and community leaders – is fighting a difficult battle, playing out locally as well as nationally, to save our public schools from a well-funded, well-orchestrated movement to privatize public education. While some of these efforts may be… Continue reading Endorsements Go Against True Public Education Interests