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,… Continue reading Bill Tying Teacher Evaluations to Student Performance Passes House Committee Again
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… Continue reading Kentucky Increases Alternative School Accountability
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.… Continue reading Education Commissioners Raise Ethical Concerns With Free Trips
The Kentucky Board of Education will meet in Frankfort Tuesday and Wednesday. Much of the board’s time will be spent preparing to implement Senate Bill One, which passed last year.
The Kentucky Board of Education’s annual retreat begins Wednesday. The board will spend two days in Frankfort reviewing budgets, school assessment plans, and other issues.
To cope with three and four percent budget cuts in the current and next fiscal year, the department is combining offices and eliminating two jobs.
In these tight budget times, Kentucky lawmakers are keeping an extremely close eye on the state’s personal service contracts with outside consultants.
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.… Continue reading Advocates Want State to Include Arts Ed in Application
Swine flu has not reached Kentucky schools, but the Department of Education is taking steps to prevent a potential outbreak.
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… Continue reading State Education Board Wants New Commissioner by August