Media alert: BIPPS on Louisville’s 84WHAS every other Monday

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Jim Waters, Bluegrass Institute vice president of policy and communications, will be on the Mandy Connell show on 84WHAS every other Monday beginning June 20, 2011.

Waters will be on at 10 a.m. (EDT).

He will be empowering Kentuckians to take back their freedoms on Connell’s Show, which airs weekdays from 9 a.m. to Noon (EDT).

Call in to participate in the conversation at (502)571-8484 or (800)444-8484

Listen live to the Mandy Connell show here.

A cloud of fear mongering mushrooms after Japan’s tsunami


When it comes to building nuclear power plants in Kentucky, the words of FDR ring true: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

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Media alert: BIPPS on Louisville’s 84WHAS every other Monday


Jim Waters, Bluegrass Institute vice president of policy and communications, will be on the Mandy Connell show on 84WHAS every other Monday beginning June 20, 2011.

Waters will be on at 10 a.m. (EDT).

He will be empowering Kentuckians to take back their freedoms on Connell’s Show, which airs weekdays from 9 a.m. to Noon (EDT).

Call in to participate in the conversation at (502)571-8484 or (800)444-8484

Listen live to the Mandy Connell show here.

Media alert: BIPPS on Louisville’s 84WHAS every other Monday


Jim Waters, Bluegrass Institute vice president of policy and communications, will be on the Mandy Connell show on 84WHAS every other Monday beginning June 20, 2011.

Waters will be on at 10 a.m. (EDT).

He will be empowering Kentuckians to take back their freedoms on Connell’s Show, which airs weekdays from 9 a.m. to Noon (EDT).

Call in to participate in the conversation at (502)571-8484 or (800)444-8484

Listen live to the Mandy Connell show here.

Taking liberty to the airwaves: BIPPS on WGTK

Jim Waters, vice president of policy and communication for the Bluegrass Institute, will be on the Joe Elliott Show on Louisville’s 970 WGTK-AM today at 1 p.m. EDT.

Waters will be discussing the current education and Medicaid challenges in Kentucky.

The Joe Elliott Show is broadcast weekdays from Noon to 3 p.m. EDT.

Call in to join the conversation at (502) 571-0970

Listen live here.

Taking liberty to the airwaves: BIPPS on WGTK

Jim Waters, vice president of policy and communication for the Bluegrass Institute, will be on the Joe Elliott Show on Louisville’s 970 WGTK-AM on Thursday, June 16, at 1 p.m. EDT.

Waters will be discussing the current education and Medicaid challenges in Kentucky.

The Joe Elliott Show is broadcast weekdays from Noon to 3 p.m. EDT.

Call in to join the conversation at (502) 571-0970

Listen live here.

A Tea Party plan to put “Big Government’ on a diet


Homeowners and employers are downsizing. Why shouldn’t government, too?

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Digital learning in Ky: More learning, large savings

Innovative education ideas not only give parents more choices and help improve students’ learning opportunities, they cost less, too. The Bluegrass Institute’s latest Fact Check reports that one Kentucky online academy successfully educates students for less than 40 percent of the cost of regular schools.

Click here to read the latest Fact Check.

BIPPS’ education efforts get boost from national organizations

Two national groups have come alongside the Bluegrass Institute to help bring true education reform, including parental school choice, to Kentucky.

On May 13, Kevin Chavous, the new chairman of the Black Alliance for Educational Options, spoke at a dinner officially announcing BAEO’s presence in Kentucky. Pastor Jerry L. Stephenson, an inner-city Louisville minister, has been named the first state coordinator of BAEO, which now has chapters in eight different states.

Chavous, a former Washington, D.C. city councilman, joined Joel Adams, the new state coordinator for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, to pledge their support in working with the Kentucky Education Restoration Alliance coalition to convince lawmakers to bring charter schools to the commonwealth.

“What we are saying is, it’s time for Kentucky to step up,” Chavous said at the event. “There is a movement in America to change education. You can either get on the train or you can get left at the station. We need you to commit for these kids.”

Louisville Metro Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton hosted the event at the Shawnee Golf Club House in west Louisville. Hamilton has attended two out-of-state BAEO events during the past few months and plans on reaching out to her fellow council members to get support for charter schools from Kentucky’s largest local government.

Jim Waters, the Bluegrass Institute’s vice president of policy and communications, represented the institute at the event. The institute was praised by Stephenson and others for its work in providing the intellectual ammunition concerning Kentucky’s school performance and for its call for system-wide reform.

Waters also spoke at a charter school boot camp, conducted earlier in the week at The Yearling Club in West Louisville. Representatives from BAEO and the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools conducted three hours of training on how to effectively reach out to legislators, the media and fellow citizens concerning charter schools.

Among those attending the event was Hal Heiner, Louisville Metro’s Republican mayoral candidate who lost a close race in November. Heiner is working with the coalition to reach out and engage the business community in education reform.

A wealth of information about charter schools — what they are, how they operate and who they serve — is available at www.freedomkentucky.org. Notice the facts included in a recent Bluegrass Beacon column I wrote on charter schools.

Of false prophets, Noah’s Ark and taxpayers

Supporters of state involvement in the Ark Encounter project in Northern Kentucky claim no tax dollars will be used in its construction or operation. Yet plans call for an $11 million improvement to an Interstate 75 interchange to accommodate an expected increase in traffic caused by park visitors. In his latest column, Jim Waters asks: ”If it’s not taxpayers providing the ‘assistance’ that the governor indicated the park will receive, how will that transportation project get funded?”

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