School choice: A call to action

In November parent, activist and school choice advocate Virginia Walden-Ford visited Louisville with the purpose of educating and rallying parents for school choice in Kentucky.  The commonwealth is one of a handful of states that does not currently allow charter schools to operate within its borders.  As one parent in the video below explains, we…

Christmas trees, chestnuts roasting

Gov. Beshear’s recent invitation to attend the lighting of a “holiday tree,” rather than a “Christmas tree” brought howls of protest from citizens and a change of heart from the governor. What could change if the same passion were displayed about our commonwealth’s failing education system or a pension policy that allows Kentucky’s part-time legislators…

Are the days of Frankfort’s closed-door budget meetings coming to an end?

The days of Kentucky’s political bigwigs meeting behind closed doors with armed guards posted during critical budget discussions may be coming to an end. Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, and Rep. Jim DeCesare, R-Rockfield, are filing legislation that would require online posting of Kentucky’s checkbook in a searchable database. I wrote about their proposals in a…

Deny all or save some?

Public charter schools may not save every Kentucky child trapped in a failing school. Harriet Tubman didn’t rescue every slave, either. But Virginia Walden Ford, executive director of DC Opportunity Scholarships, points out that 300 slaves were freed because of Tubman. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtuYNHarbB4] While Ford spoke about scholarships in her city, the same point applies to…