Taking liberty to the airwaves: BIPPS CEO talks closings, school choice

Bluegrass Institute President and CEO Jim Waters appeared Tuesday morning on the Brian Thomas Show on Cincinnati’s 55KRC, where he discussed Gov. Andy Beshear’s recent executive orders regarding bars and schools. Listen to the interview here. Jim used the opportunity to push for giving parents more choices regarding where to educate their children and called on…

COVID-19 crisis: A terrible thing to waste

Cookie-cutter online learning programs offered by Kentucky school districts during the COVID-19 shutdown in the spring failed to attract thousands of students and fell short in keeping multitudes of others engaged. Online participation among students in Fayette County Public Schools, Kentucky’s second-largest district, dropped from 85% to 58% between the first and eighth weeks, according…

Center for Open Government: MCO consultant not part of Molina’s original bid

A review by the Center for Open Government of the first proposal submitted by Molina Healthcare in response to Kentucky’s $8 billion solicitation for Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs) reveals consultant Emily Parento  was retained by Molina only after Andy Beshear was elected Governor and had appointed Parento to his health care transition team. The Beshear administration…

Quote of the Day – Kentucky teachers – kind of novices with virtual instruction

Union head says so “Brent McKim, president of the Jefferson County Teachers’ Association, pointed out that aside from the experience they gained in the spring, most teachers in the Commonwealth are ‘kind of novice’ at virtual instruction.” Quote from Kentucky Department of Education Advisory 20-245 (not yet online – will update with link when available)…