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…

Huge economic loss thanks to short-sighted Kentucky House

Cincinnati.com just announced that a Fortune 400 company, Omnicare, is pulling up stakes in Covington, Kentucky and moving its headquarters across the river to downtown Cincinnati. Five hundred Northern Kentucky jobs are going with the move. That means the city of Covington alone will lose hundreds of thousands in payroll tax income. The city is already saying…