KEA Causes Kentucky to Miss Out on Federal Funding Again
In April, the Kentucky Education Association caused Kentucky to miss out on federal funding through the 'Race to the Top' programs because of their opposition to school choice, just as David Williams had predicted.
Demonstrating a typical lack of accountability, the KEA and Beshear's administration pressed ahead with the same, unchanged proposal, still denying Kentucky the sort of school choice that 46 other states are using successfully.
Kentucky education commissioner Terry Holliday said that the state improved its performance on its second round application for the grant money, receiving more than 412 points out a possible 500. But the one category on which it received no points was charter schools, Holliday said, "and that was 32 points that we lost."
"I've called around (to) a few folks, and it looks like we would have been in the money if we had charters. ... I was never a strong supporter of charter schools; I just knew that to get this funding, we needed legislation."
If you keep doing what you've always done...