Bluegrass Institute — Charter-school bill: Will kids win?

The Bevin administration and House Republican leadership – despite hard pushes for other platform priorities such as right-to-work and prevailing-wage repeal – may settle for a mediocre charter-school bill. This is a testament to the stronghold the public-education complex has on our commonwealth and to its willingness to put money and control before students’ best…

News release: Bluegrass Institute asks state Senate to make mayors, universities and the CPE authorizers of charter schools

For Immediate Release: Monday, March 6, 2017   (FRANKFORT, Ky.) – The Kentucky House of Representatives on Friday passed legislation enabling the creation of charter schools in the commonwealth – a school-choice option currently available to families in 43 other states and the District of Columbia. Legislators voted 56-39 to approve Rep. John “Bam” Carney’s…

Bluegrass Beacon: Embrace politically ecumenical policies

While the 2017 session of the Kentucky General Assembly has had its share of party-line votes, some policies designed to make government more transparent and accountable have garnered bipartisan support. The decision by House Speaker Jeff Hoover and Senate President Robert Stivers to direct the Legislative Research Commission (LRC) to publish committee votes online within…

Bluegrass Beacon: Fearmongering fails with free-market reforms

Editor’s note: Senate Bill 10, which moves forward with properly deregulating the telecommunications industry in Kentucky passed the Senate 35-1 and the House of Representatives 75-13 and awaits Gov. Matt Bevin’s signature. The political left’s preferred pattern is to consign conservatism to the wilderness with obituaries of its much-ballyhooed demise abounding, signaling: it’s time to…

Bluegrass Beacon: Liberty boosters, busters and bragging rights

It’s time for another edition of “Liberty Boosters and Busters.” Liberty Booster: Federal appeals court Judge Neil Gorsuch, announced as President Trump’s pick to succeed the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. It’s one of Trump’s most important decisions as the 49-year-old Gorsuch will have a hand in shaping the court’s – and…