News Release: New report recommends education savings accounts to personalize learning for Kentucky students

For Immediate Release: Monday, Oct. 12   Contact: Jim Waters 270-320-4376 (LEXINGTON, Ky.) – A new report released today by the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, Kentucky’s first and only free-market think tank, reveals how education savings accounts (ESAs) are empowering parents to customize their children’s education to unprecedented levels. The concept behind ESAs is simple.…

Bluegrass Institute Policy Brief: Personalizing Learning in Kentucky through Education Savings Accounts

Executive Summary Sixty years ago the late Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman published a radical idea: just because we fund schools through government doesn’t mean elected officials know how to run schools or what education is best for other people’s children. To improve American education for all students, Friedman argued that parents should decide what…

Bluegrass Beacon: Virus of secrecy infects KentuckyWired program

Editor’s note: Since this column was originally released on Sept. 17, the commonwealth finally – finally – posted the KentuckyWired contract. However, the points made here about this big-government boondoggle remain very timely and relevant. If Gov. Steve Beshear’s administration wants taxpayers to trust it to build KentuckyWired – a $350 million, 3,000-mile high-speed Internet…

Pastors coalition releases education-choice platform; will call on gubernatorial candidates to sign

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 2, 2015 Contact: Pastor Jerry L Stephenson, Senior Pastor, Midwest Church of Christ (812) 207-7156 jlscofc@twc.com The news conference will take place, 9:30am, Monday, October 5, 2015 at Christ Temple Christian Life Center, 723 S. 45th, Louisville, KY 40211 KENTUCKY PASTORS IN ACTION COALITION WILL RELEASE IN A PRESS…

Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting: Pension investment expenses sky-high

Well, now here’s a real shocker about Kentucky’s pension-investment expenses: “Kentucky’s pension plan for public employees says that its annual investment expenses are running 75 percent higher than reported in previous years,” reports the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting. Included in the report is analysis by former KRS trustee Chris Tobe, who, as reporter James…

Bluegrass Beacon: Gubernatorial candidate spot-on about Head Start

Critics of GOP gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin want to use his spot-on statement about a huge, costly and ineffective government-run preschool program to paint him as being opposed to any and all early childhood education. Bevin pointed out on KET’s “Kentucky Tonight” during this year’s primary campaign that Head Start – the nation’s largest taxpayer-funded…

On the air tonight: It’s another ‘Bluegrass Monday’ with Mandy Connell on 840 WHAS

Why government-owned broadband networks aren’t such a good idea — on tonight’s edition of Bluegrass Mondays @ 7:05 p.m. on Louisville’s NewsRadio 840 WHAS-AM with popular talk-show host Mandy Connell. We’ll be joined @ 7:20 p.m. by David Williams of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance to talk about the poor track record that Government Owned Broadband…