Powell Went To Court, The 411 On Carter, Thoughts On The EPSB Transcript And More

Fired former superintendent of Montgomery County Schools, Joshua Powell, is finished in public education. You’ve read the scandalous recommended order from the Education Professional Standards Board, Powell’s insane, incoherent rant of a response and you’ve begun to wade into the 6,000-page transcript (excluding exhibits, which brings the total pages to something like 10,000).

But there are still five pending lawsuits against Powell and the school district. He also has a pending termination appeal and a case filed against Montgomery County that remain in court. So it’s time for an update on that front.

On Tuesday, Powell appeared before a judge, where he was sworn in for the first time. The judge put on record every date Powell has previously appeared before him during which he showed up without any evidence to validate his claims.

Now that the judge has done that, Powell’s got roughly 45 days (from Tuesday) to cough up his non-existent recordings, documents and alleged unbelievable material. Spoiler alert: he won’t be able to produce anything because it’s all imaginary. It’s all projection. It’s all him attempting to further the myth of being a visionary leader.

When Powell ultimately shows up empty-handed, the judge will finally be able to dismiss his case and he won’t have a chance to appeal the ruling.

He can daydream all he wants, he can attack the messenger all he wants but he’s not winning that case.

I have known for several weeks what really went down with Kristi Carter’s surprise resignation. And here’s the gist, without getting too specific:

Carter was called to a meeting with the (new) superintendent shortly after being deposed in Jennifer Hall’s lawsuit. Upon being asked to produce her records/documentation backing up claims she’s made, Carter requested a piece of paper and on the spot wrote out a letter of resignation, which she later typed up:


Why? Probably because she can’t produce much of anything. And what she can produce won’t match up with official documentation. Source: school district officials have told me as much.

There is an ongoing investigation within the district reviewing her records, financial accounts and interactions with others. Rather than let speculation run wild, let’s put it in perspective: you don’t all the sudden resign your job in the middle of your contract and the school year without having another job lined up. Not when you’re drawing a large salary for farting around on Facebook and Topix all day. Not unless there’s something major about to go down.

So that’s fun.

You won’t believe the patterns that have emerged from the EPSB transcript. Once you’ve read all 22 volumes, you’ll be left wondering why some people aren’t in prison. Scandalous is an understatement.

Once you get a chance to read it all, make sure you take time to reach out to board members of the EPSB to encourage them to read it… because they didn’t have an opportunity to do so prior to voting in the Powell case. That’s a real shame and a miscarriage of justice and accountability in education. Fun fact: the new commissioner of education sat in on those deliberations and helped board members decide to barely hold Powell accountable and now he (the commissioner) is hopping around the state hyping up his accountability efforts. It’s some real schadenfreude.

Maybe make sure you contact the horrible local newspaper in Mt. Sterling to let folks there know there’s a bunch of egg on their faces. That paper was complicit in so much that went wrong I almost can’t believe it myself… and I watched it all play out.

Probably also a good idea to let members of the Montgomery County Board of Education know you support bonding out a mountain of debt because they’re going to be coughing up millions of dollars. No, it won’t raise your taxes much at all – maybe a couple cents per year – so get that out of your head, gossipers. There’s no way that school district escape this mess. No way. It’s time to own up to reality.

I stand by my assertion that this is one of the biggest educational scandals in my lifetime.

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It’s an election year. You have campaigns and causes. Someone needs to put it to use.

If no one in Kentucky wants it, it’ll be put on the auction block and some horrible out-of-state entity will snatch it up.

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Whatever I make from the sale will go into developing a database for the Montgomery County archive so those in education across the Commonwealth can learn from that district’s mistakes.

The Steel Industry Isn’t Just Dying In EKY

Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate signed an agreement Tuesday between Gov. Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear to set aside about $18 million that would have gone to Kentucky’s universities and colleges until Wingate rules on the legality of Bevin’s decision to cut their budgets last month. [H-L]

After Hillary Clinton lost the Wisconsin primary in early April, backers of the former Secretary of State began publicly worrying about how the nomination process was unfolding. Their concern wasn’t so much that Clinton could lose the nomination to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) but that she was at risk of forfeiting the incredible asset afforded to her by the chaos in the Republican primary: time. [HuffPo]

Kentucky can afford to give monstrous tax breaks to anti-gay, anti-Islam bigots while kids don’t have books in some school districts. Way to go, Ark Parkers, with your backward-ass end times fantasy. [C-J/AKN]

The UK steel industry is doomed unless it embraces cutting-edge technology, a Cambridge professor has warned. [BBC]

[Monday] Attorney General Andy Beshear announced that Emma Adams, former Lee County Circuit Clerk, was sentenced last week in Franklin Circuit Court after pleading guilty in February to abuse of public trust. Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd sentenced Adams Friday, April 22, to five years’ probation and 180 days of home incarceration. As part of sentencing, Shepherd imposed a fine of nearly $335,000. [Press Release]

Former U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres has credited faith groups for helping to advance the Paris Climate Agreement by supporting “holistic, equitable, but above all, ambitious climate action.” [ThinkProgress]

If you missed it earlier this week, Andy Beshear has asked for Matt Bevin to be investigated. He thinks Bevin used campaign finance records to fire people. Probably not a wise move for Beshear. Or Bevin. Jesus, Kentucky is effed in the you-know-where. [WLKY]

New York-Presbyterian Hospital has agreed to pay a $2.2 million penalty to federal regulators for allowing television crews to film two patients without their consent – one who was dying, the other in significant distress. Regulators said Thursday that the hospital allowed filming to continue even after a medical professional asked that it stop. [ProPublica]

Just days after her legislation authorizing public-private partnerships in Kentucky was signed into law, state Rep. Leslie Combs has been selected to be part of a national steering committee focused on expanding the P3 concept across the country. Guess she was in need of some positive press after her buddy got caught up in the Tim Longmeyer scandal. [Hazard Herald]

The United States is on the verge of a national crisis that could mean the end of clean, cheap water. [The Hill]

While many studies have shown that rich people live longer than poor people, says a study with county-level data published in the Journal of the American Medical Association says life expectancy among poor people varies based on variety on geographic differences. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

Investigators probing the mysterious execution-style killings of eight family members in rural Ohio last week have found evidence of illegal cockfighting and marijuana cultivation on their property, state officials said on Tuesday. [Reuters]

An estimated 135,000 children in Kentucky have had a parent incarcerated, according to a Kids Count policy report released Monday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. [H-L]

If a cop kills an unarmed black person, and that person’s family then sues the police, how much can the city expect to pay? Six million dollars, give or take. [HuffPo]

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Frankfort Screws Poor Kids Once More

Want to watch Steve Beshear melt down for finally being held accountable? Here’s your chance. Matt Bevin’s politics may be deplorable and he may have the intelligence of a pool of hog poop but he couldn’t in his wildest teabagger dreams come close to touching the level of corruption that controlled Beshear’s Administrat. [H-L]

Poor kids will suffer because of their parents. The state says about 9,000 people living in eight Kentucky counties will lose their food stamps in about a week for not complying with federal work and training requirements. [More H-L]

How the military is preparing for the possibility of a very different kind of Commander in Chief. [HuffPo]

Krystal Jennings figures she’d been to jail 20 times in the last three years. Mostly minor charges, she said, related to her drinking. Some not so minor. The worst part, the 28-year-old said, is the toll her repeated jailing takes on her 9-year-old son. [C-J/AKN]

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) warned on Sunday that Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is putting the party at risk of breaking apart. [The Hill]

In the first three and half months of 2016, the number of overdose deaths in Madison County is staggering. It is also pacing ahead of last year. [Richmond Register]

Ten months ago, three teenaged boys who had escaped from a group home in Brooklyn were arrested for the violent assault and rape of a woman in Manhattan. The boys had been placed in the home as part of a program run by New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services, which had been seeking alternatives to formal detention facilities for troubled youngsters caught up in the juvenile justice system. [ProPublica]

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Sellus Wilder said he wants to run as a “progressive” candidate in a state where he believes Democrats run races like Republicans. [Ashland Independent]

Scientists have built a model circuit that solves the mystery of one of nature’s most famous journeys – the great migration of monarch butterflies from Canada to Mexico. [BBC]

Rowan Fiscal Court Tuesday voted 4-1 to raise the county occupational tax rate by one half percent. [The Morehead News]

Millions of years of Florida’s history are lying on a table in Paulette McFadden’s office at the University of Florida in Gainesville. It’s in long metal tubes containing several feet of sediment from Horseshoe Beach, a community on Florida’s Gulf coast. [NPR]

Statistics show the occurrence of instances in which reports of child abuse were either substantiated or it was deemed that services from the state were needed in relation to reports of child abuse has been increasing statewide for the past five years. [Glasgow Daily Times]

Donald Trump is bristling at efforts to implement a more conventional presidential campaign strategy, and has expressed misgivings about the political guru behind them, Paul Manafort, for overstepping his bounds. [Politico]

A former official from a small Floyd County town is trying to get her conviction overturned in a federal disability-fraud case in which her mother, the mayor, also went to prison. [H-L]

Laura Bush detailed the exact moment she learned about the 9/11 terrorist attacks during an intimate conversation with her daughter. [HuffPo]