Bluegrass Beacon: Chicken Little visits a college campus near you

While state lawmakers attempt to rein in overspending and deal with a public-pension crisis spiraling out of control, Kentucky’s universities have figured out how to rake in even more dollars from students while spinning a narrative about Chicken Little trudging across their campuses, heading for the bell towers preparing to squawk: “This time, I really…

Bluegrass Beacon: House leaders double down on pension secrecy

Legislation during this year’s General Assembly requiring disclosure of public retirement benefits for all current and former lawmakers, “including their name, status, and projected or actual retirement benefit payments,” passed the Republican-run state Senate with unanimous, bipartisan support from all 38 senators and flew through the Democratically controlled House State Government Committee with 19 of…

Bluegrass Beacon: Clinton’s backflip on charter schools ‘a step backwards’

Hillary Clinton supported charter schools before being endorsed by the big teachers’ unions and receiving access to their cash and get-out-the-vote efforts. Clinton wrote in her memoir “It Takes a Village” that she favors “promoting choice among public schools,” while later claiming “charter schools are a way of bringing teachers and parents and communities together.”…

BIPPS op-ed in the Lexington Herald-Leader: ACT scores reinforce need for charter schools

  Bluegrass Institute staff education analyst Richard Innes’ analysis in Thursday’s Lexington Herald-Leader of the latest ACT college-entrance test results released this week includes disaggregating the scores, which reconfirms both the seriousness of Kentucky’s white minus black achievement gap and the need for charter schools in the Bluegrass State, one of seven states without a…

Speaking of Soccer stadiums: Bluegrass Institute president Jim Waters speaks to the Louisville Tea Party, Hardin Co. GOP women

A new taxpayer-funded study released last week is the latest attempt by the Fischer administration to include the use of public dollars for constructing a new stadium for the Louisville City FC Soccer club. All three funding scenarios considered by the study involved some use of taxpayer dollars. The whole process by which the city…