Bluegrass Institute report raises strong concerns about continued achievement gaps and graduation failures in Jefferson County

For Immediate Release: Monday, Feb. 29, 2016 (LOUISVILLE, Ky.) – Legislators and educators made a promise more than a quarter-century ago when the Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA) was passed: In return for vastly increased education spending, the Bluegrass State was going to do a much better job of educating its students – especially the…

Bluegrass Beacon: Send proposed public-private legislation down the road

Public-private partnerships usually prove harmless to taxpayers on projects like expanding student housing at the University of Kentucky. However, “P3s” have been disastrous on numerous highway schemes where accurate traffic projections and accompanying estimates of toll revenue needed to pay for the roads are much-more difficult to come by than calculating how many students will…

Bluegrass Beacon: Pension gain, budget pain

Charles Eliot, the longest-serving president in Harvard University’s illustrious history, once said “the capacity to inflict pain” is a university leader’s most important quality. Could it also be a chief executive’s greatest asset – especially if he’s elected to lead a commonwealth that’s “already become essentially insolvent?” That’s how Gov. Matt Bevin described Kentucky’s fiscal…

OKI’s claim that Cincy Eastern Bypass would cost twice that of a new bridge: Wholly unsubstantiated, defies common sense

Opponents of any viable alternative to forcing taxpayers to fork over at least $5 billion to fund a new bridge across the Ohio River connecting Northern Kentucky with Cincinnati that would not address the region’s serious – and growing – congestion issues have turned to fear mongering the current state of the Brent Spence Bridge and…

Bluegrass Institute statement on today’s ruling by U.S. District Court Judge David Hale prohibiting county right-to-work ordinances: 

The following statement was issued by Bluegrass Institute president Jim Waters following U.S. District Court Judge David Hale’s ruling prohibiting county right-to-work ordinances: Judge Hale’s ruling that federal law prevents Kentucky counties from implementing their own right-to-work ordinances not only pushes aside the will of the people as expressed through their Legislature, it completely negates the…

Opponents of parental school choice defy logic, deny research

When faced with both research and logic supporting policies empowering parents to choose the school that best fits their child’s needs, opponents of such liberty “usually appeal to philosophical arguments about the value of education as a public good,” writes Western Kentucky University education professor and Bluegrass Institute Scholar Gary Houchens, Ph.D. “Society, the economy,…