Bluegrass Beacon: Learning gaps widen the ‘freedom gap’

Achievement gaps aren’t even mentioned by Martin Solomon, a retired University of Kentucky professor of business and economics who represented the opposition in the Bluegrass Institute’s published online debate: “Does Kentucky need charter schools?” But ignoring academic-achievement gaps for poor racial minorities and the learning disabled won’t close them or diminish their seriousness. Whether you…

Kentucky joins lawsuit against EPA’s climate-settlement agreement; next step: Pass Bluegrass Institute’s ‘Intrastate Coal and Use Act’

Politico is reporting that Kentucky has joined a lawsuit asking a federal appeals court to declare illegal a 2011 settlement agreement between the EPA, states and environmental groups in which the agency agreed to establish greenhouse gas limits for power plants. “The states … filed a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit…

Comment on BIPPS ‘Free to Learn’ debate: So … what about KIPP academies and their 93 percent graduation rate, Dr. Solomon?

While Dr. Martin Solomon was pooh-poohing public charter schools in the Bluegrass Institute’s recent published Free to Learn online debate, the highly regarded Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) was congratulating the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) for “20 years of serving some of our nation’s most vulnerable children and families.” Some facts about KIPP, the largest…

Online charter-school debate: Influential Ky. leaders recognizing that BIPPS is about policy, not political shouting matches

One of the first editorials written by the Louisville Courier-Journal about the Bluegrass Institute not long after we opened our doors in 2003 sought to marginalize us by labeling us as a “right-wing propaganda mill.” We, of course, have often proved them wrong, the latest example being a new published online debate concerning an issue…

BIPPS school-choice debate topic of discussion Monday on the Leland Conway show on Louisville’s 84WHAS

Bluegrass Institute President Jim Waters will focus on a newly released online written debate on the Leland Conway Show on Louisville’s 84WHAS at 9 a.m. today. Listen live online here. The Institute today released the third and final school-choice debate in its Free to Learn series. Go here to support the message of liberty across…

News alert: Bluegrass Institute holds ‘Free to Learn’ online debate

Kentucky should learn from other states, create America’s best charter-school policy (LEXINGTON, Ky.) — University of Kentucky education professor Wayne Lewis says that while public charter schools may not solve all of the Bluegrass State’s education troubles, “parents of children trapped in schools that don’t meet their learning needs” deserve the options that quality charter-school…