A decision Thursday by the Kentucky Supreme Court has underscored the need for changes in the law governing the state's school councils.
The court ruled that when hiring a principal, school councils are not restricted to applicants whom the district superintendent screens or recommends.
We wouldn't argue with the court's interpretation of the Kentucky Education Reform Act, which created school councils. The court said that giving a school council the authority to hire a principal not recommended by the superintendent was consistent with the intent of KERA to de-centralize authority in school districts.
We would argue, however, that the law needs to be changed. Superintendents are the chief executive officers of school districts, and they should be held ultimately accountable for how school districts perform. How can they be held accountable, however, when they don't have the right to recommend or screen principals - much less hire them - who arguably can have the most impact on the school district's success?