Bill Tying Teacher Evaluations to Student Performance Passes House Committee Again

House Education Chairman Carl Rollins, D-Midway, is once again trying to reform how Kentucky’s teachers are evaluated. The latest incarnation of Rollins’ idea is House Bill 40, which the committee passed Tuesday morning. The legislation would create a statewide teacher evaluation system run by the state Department of Education starting in the 2013 school year. Currently, […]

Kentucky Increases Alternative School Accountability

The Kentucky Department of Education board passed new regulations that require public school districts to set goals and submit data to the state to improve education opportunities for at-risk students. The programs offer at-risk students remedial education opportunities. KDE will now increase accountability for alternative school programs beginning next school year, said Lisa Gross, KDE […]

Education Commissioners Raise Ethical Concerns With Free Trips

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says international trips paid for by an education foundation did not lead to the decision to contract with its business arm. The New York Times reported several states entered into agreements with Pearson after taking trips on its foundation’s dime and this raises ethical questions, said Times reporter Mike Winerip. […]

Advocates Want State to Include Arts Ed in Application

Arts advocates in Kentucky are encouraging citizens to request that arts education be addressed in the state’s application for a federal grant. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more. Arts Kentucky is asking stakeholders in education — from parents to business people — to participate in a survey recently put out by the state’s Department of Education. […]

State Education Board Wants New Commissioner by August

The Kentucky Board of Education wants to have a new education commissioner in place by the first of August.  The board is meeting this week in Frankfort, and has selected the Florida firm of Greenwood/Asher and Associates to conduct the search.   Spokesperson Lisa Gross says the board was clear about its search criteria.  “The […]