Having, eating teacher pay cake

Remember this the next time Kentucky’s teachers union has a fit about a merit pay proposal for teachers. From The Washington Times:“We have not seen any hard evidence yet that (merit pay) improves achievement,” said Daniel Kaufman, a spokesman for the Maryland State Teachers Association. While educrats are notoriously difficult to convince that paying more…

Four day school week? Try zero

Gas prices have spurred a lot of talk about knocking one day off each school week to cut transportation costs twenty percent. And that could be a great idea. We might also further incentivize independent learning by following the example of East Jessamine High School in Nicholasville. The school allows students who have mastered a…

Kentucky’s new game of leapfrog

The House Democrats’ jump onto the electric car bandwagon after Senate Republicans’ prior announcement is oddly reminiscent of Gov. Steve Beshear playing catch-up last month with Secretary of State Trey Grayson’s spending transparency initiative. Now if we could get them to try to get to step into the huddle on pension reform instead of doing…

Have you paid your Google tax yet?

The folks at Governing Magazine did a Google search of the word “Louisville” this morning and were surprised to see the city’s official site listed fifth, behind four other non-governmental sites. Great. Some Kentucky government entities apparently hadn’t thought to spend your time and money to outrank you and your fellow citizens’ websites on Google.…

This is our next House Budget Chairman?

Kentucky’s House Budget Chairman Harry Moberly may survive the upcoming shakeup in House leadership, but insiders suggest that eventually he will be replaced by Rep. Don Pasley. Given the ignorance Pasley displayed in his latest Winchester Sun column, though, that change won’t necessarily be an upgrade. Speaking about the General Assembly’s special session and passage…

Feeding the politicians

Remember how Gov. Steve Beshear campaigned on providing health insurance for all the people? Now that Sen. Barack Obama is doing the same thing, it may be helpful to take a look at how their brethren in Canada are arguing with each other about buttering toast in hospitals.http://www.vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=1189704&server=www.vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=&fullscreen=1Brian Lee Crowley (Halifax, Novia Scotia, Canada) from…

Fouling the journalistic food chain

Local and state reporters often depend on national media sources for insight into how the rest of America views Kentucky. One well-established practice is treating the word of some of those sources as gospel. Stateline.org is one of those sources. Kentucky reporters looking for national reaction to the our 2008 General Assembly may want to…