Monday, June 13, 2011

Watching other states take steps toward reform

This week starts off on a sour note (cue trombone) with Kentuckians having to sit back and watch other states' leadership take steps towards education system change while we continue to talk in circles.

In Tennessee, lawmakers have empowered local school boards to guide the decisions of teachers rather than unions. This is an important step in improving an education system for the kidsIn New Jersey, Governor Christie is implementing a policy that would allow private companies to manage chronically under-perfoming school districts. We have chroniclly under-performing districts in our own state!

While neither of these new initiatives are magic bullet solutions for school systems, they are a step in the right direction. When will leadership in Kentucky start to take similar steps? Ask your legislator when he/she plans to take a stand and put kids first in education.

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