Adams sat in for about a half an hour during the Joint Interim Committee on Education.
Adams, Waters, Moffett and their co-conspirators at the Bluegrass Institute love freedom and liberty. They want to be free to take liberties with public dollars. They prefer vouchers. But they'll settle for charter schools, for now.
You may recall Adams was recently the Campaign Manager for the Rand Paul campaign - which I believe it is safe to say is THE most prominent senatorial race in the nation. Adams deserves credit for Paul's very successful primary campaign. But much of the attention on Paul is also owed to the rise of the Tea Party movement and Paul's father Ron, who was once a presidential candidate.
Paul has also helped himself garner press by sharing several thoughts out loud that he had to immediately retract, or at least try to explain away. Much of the campaign so far has involved Paul making statements and his opponent Attorney General Jack Conway saying "no take backs." Last time I looked, Paul was up by 8 in some poll.
Immediately following one such gaff - when Adams allowed Paul to do the Rachel Maddow Show - Adams was "promoted" to Campaign Chairman, where he was clearly no longer in charge.
Adams was since demoted, one supposes, to Campaign Manager for Moffett. In any case, it was good to see him on the education beat yesterday. He always makes for good copy.
Other reflections on yesterday's meeting:
It was delightful to see KASA's Wayne Young, as always. And he was extra gracious when he introduced me to Robert Lewis. He didn't call me an agitator, or claim that all college professors do is invite practitioners to teach their classes, or anything.
I wonder how big the number is. How many comittee meetings/hearings/seminars/etc... has Cindy Heine sat through in the past twenty years? Three meetings a week? Five? More? I'm tthinkin' thousands. ...and that's a lot of briefings.
I introduced myself to CHNI's Ronnie Ellis, and sat next to him and Greg Stotlmyer in the press section. I told Ellis I appreciated his work on Comment on Kentucky and am a regular reader of his work. Later, I overheard a brief exchange between him and Jim Waters of the Bluegrass Institute. Apparently Waters was trying to tell Ellis what to write when Ellis responded, "I'm not going to debate with you guys."
But you've got to give it to the BIPPS boys. Despite being called ideologs by one legislator, they keep on plugging away. What a great country.
In his comments to the panel, Rev Stephenson said he would be calling on a higher authority for his remarks. So it was particularly gratifying that he chose to quote extensively from Kentucky School News and Commentary's Penney Sanders. In her article, "Unfinished Business," Penney writes,
I'm going to have to start treating Penney with more respect...so I don't get struck by lightening.
A cursory analysis of the 2008 -2009 list of low performing school reveals that the majority of the seriously low performing schools (Tier 5) are in Jefferson County. The remaining schools on this list are scattered around the state with no region dominating...
After 20 years, if the full promise of the Kentucky’s school reform is to be met, these failing (seriously low performing) schools must, once and for all be dealt with...
Interestingly, KERA envisioned such provisions. The KERA framers believed that schools, after 3 or 4 years of poor performance, would be closed or the children given the option to go elsewhere. Sadly, we have not seen those sanctions-the ultimate hammers ever used.
The question is WHY NOT???