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Today's Opinions

  • More to story than simply looking at federal No Child Left Behind act

    There are two sides to every coin.

    When it comes to assessment results, there is both good news and bad news.

    We are not a school district that is afraid to confront the brutal facts and I will outline some of them below.  But, the news from our assessment results is mostly good news and we need to acknowledge and celebrate that fact.

    I hear from fellow superintendents all over the state that their goal is to be a top 10 ranked school district.

  • COYLE'S CORNER
  • Education can’t afford to lose any traction in Ky.

    I often hear diametrically opposed statements about Kentucky’s schools:

    One, they’re a lost cause.

    Or two, they were “fixed” in 1990 by the Kentucky Education Reform Act, and they need no further attention.

    Neither conclusion is true.

    Now, KERA was a revolutionary event.

  • County will lose great asset in tourist leader

    Over a two-stint period, Elaine Wilson served Bullitt County for 20 years as its director of tourism.

    The agency has gone from operating out of a small office to now overseeing a major conference center in the region.

    Bullitt County is blessed to have five interchange exits on Interstate 65, one of the busiest roads in the nation.

    But tourists don’t just decide to stop on their way to another destination.

  • Erasing some doubts about BRAC hiring practices

    If there are still any BRAC doubters out there, you should have seen the turn out for the Fort Knox Job Information Sessions at the Urban League Economic Empowerment Tour and Career Fair in Louisville last month.

    We had hundreds of folks show up to learn more about the employment opportunities coming to the installation. Believe me, most were plenty interested in finding out how to qualify and apply for these future positions.

  • Teen Driving Week reminds us of safety needed

    Motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death among adolescents and young adults in the U.S.

    Here in Kentucky, statistics from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet show that drivers between the ages of 15 and 20 were involved in more than 26,000 collisions in 2008, resulting in 141 fatalities. Seventy-percent of those killed were teenagers.

    According to the National Transportation Safety Board, 16-year-old drivers are more than twice as likely to be involved in fatal crashes as older drivers.

  • COYLE'S CORNER
  • Schools can take breath, no time to relax just yet

    While all the numbers are still being assembled, it appears the school district leadership is pretty pleased with the strides made in the latest round of testing.

    While the CATS test has been put to rest, the federal No Child Left Behind remains.

    The district made a great stride when students with disabilities tested at a level where they were shy of the goal but made significant progress to be granted Safe Harbor.

    Few districts can claim to reach this level.

    But the district has too many schools which are not reaching their individual targets.