The Commissioner of Education in Kentucky has been diagnosed with a neurological voice disorder that’s limiting his ability to talk normally. Dr. Terry Holliday started noticing symptoms last September, and by December his voice had dramatically deteriorated.
After ruling out cancer, Holliday made appointments with several specialists.
“I’ve been diagnosed with spasmodic dysphonia, which is basically your vocal cords freeze up," Holliday said.
A cause of the condition is unknown but fortunately it’s not life-threatening. Spasmodic dysphonia is the same disorder that affects public radio host Diane Rehm.
Kentucky Governor Beshear has put his signature on a bill that clears the way for a new statewide teacher evaluation system.
In a private ceremony in his office on Monday, the governor signed into law House Bill 180. The legislation is intended to move educators from simply being qualified to being highly effective.
“Current evaluation systems in Kentucky do not provide our educators the information they need to support their professional growth and effectiveness and in turn, to support increases in student achievement,” Education Commissioner Terry Holliday said.
The new evaluation system calls for multiple measures of effectiveness. The system, which is being field-tested in 54 school districts this school year, will be piloted statewide in the 2013-14 school year.