Bluegrass Beacon…Big Brother: Meet the big, bad judge

Underestimated allies of freedom are judges who uphold constitutional government and smack down regulatory agencies when they cross the line. In recent months, we’ve had some stellar rulings by fair-and-balanced judges. We’ve also witnessed some of the most egregious decisions, including Kenton Circuit Court Judge Gregory Bartlett’s refusal to issue an injunction against the printing…

Digital Learning Now!: Obstacles to Implementation in Kentucky

Digital Learning Now!: Obstacles to Implementation in Kentucky is a report released by the Bluegrass Institute and authored by Richard G. Innes. In December 2010, the Foundation for Excellence in Education released a report titled Digital Learning Now! outlining a set of proposals for increasing the use of technology-based instructional systems in classrooms around the United States. This foundation is…

An Unsustainable Path: The Past and Future of Kentucky Medicaid Spending

Kentucky Medicaid is on an unsustainable path. Its expansive spending growth over the past 25 years has put increased pressure on state and federal budgets. Medicaid has failed to fulfill the goal of improved health for most of its recipients. The recently passed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) did not enact any fundamental reforms in Medicaid…

Bluegrass Institute report: Private groups gorging at state pension trough

State workers at politically connected private agencies eligible for taxpayer-funded retirement, health care benefits For Immediate Release: Tuesday, Oct.11, 2011 Contact: Jim Waters at 270-782-2140 (FRANKFORT, Ky.) – A new Bluegrass Institute policy brief shows that hundreds of workers at a multitude of agencies – including some private organizations – are feeding at Kentucky’s taxpayer-funded…

Digital Learning Now: Obstacles to implementation in Kentucky

Digital Learning Now!: Obstacles to Implementation in Kentucky is a report released by the Bluegrass Institute and authored by Richard G. Innes. In December 2010, the Foundation for Excellence in Education released a report titled outlining a set of proposals for increasing the use of technology-based instructional systems in classrooms around the United States. This…

McCreary Superintendent evaluation includes student achievement

The most recent performance evaluation of the McCreary County Public Schools superintendent includes a section devoted to “student achievement”. This is huge step forward with regards to holding district leadership accountable for poor performance. In the 2010 evaluation, there is no such mention. You can view the 2011 evaluation here. Both of these evaluations were…