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…
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…
When students drop out, everyone loses. Click here to listen to the 90-second audio commentary.
Jim Waters guest hosts for Darrell Duval on the “Darrell and Al Show” from 6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on NewsTalk 93 WKCT-AM in Bowling Green. Listen tomorrow morning online at http://www.93wkct.com/schedule.htm.
Parents please take a few moments to sign the petition for Charter Schools in Kentucky at putkidsfirstky.org. The petition asked legislators to support Representative Brad Montell’s new bill, House Bill 79. The bill will allow for the creation of charter schools in Kentucky. Give Kentucky’s kids a chance for a better education by signing today.
Gov. Beshear was for allowing voters to ratify or reject a constitutional amendment on gambling before he was against it. Click here to read the latest Bluegrass Beacon column.
Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Michigan, recently summed up the House version of health care reform: “What we’ve decided to do today is abandon the very principles of America.” Rogers also blisters the Democratic plan for offering “false choices” by insisting “it’s either (a government-run system) or nothing.” Watch his statement before Big Government makes it disappear…
Gov. Beshear spouts that the Kentucky Education Reform Act has been a ‘stunning success.’ Someone needs to explain the definition of ‘success’ to the governor, especially in light of abysmal test scores, deceptive proficiency rates and failing schools. Click here to listen to the 90-second audio commentary.
In October 2009, Bluegrass Institute founder Chris Derry traveled to Singapore to speak about the concepts of transparency and accountability at the Pacific Rim Policy Exchange. The Institute’s own transparency website, FreedomKentucky.org, was used as an example! You can watch the presentation below. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDGmxS8l5XQ]