Legislative panel session on charter schools coincides with Bluegrass Institute’s campaign for school choice

As the Bluegrass Institute kicks off its “Legalize School Choice” campaign, the groundswell of support for charter schools in the commonwealth has resulted in an impromptu legislative panel session in Frankfort today on that very topic. The panel session, prompted by Hal Heiner – long-time Bluegrass Institute supporter and founder of the brand new Kentucky…

Hear more about Bluegrass Institute’s ‘Legalize School Choice’ campaign Monday on 84WHAS

President Jim Waters will talk about the Bluegrass Institute’s new grassroots “Legalize School Choice” campaign on Louisville’s 84WHAS with guest host Mary Walter on Monday at 10 a.m. (eastern). Listen live online here. Then, if you like what you hear and you think we need a voice that continually promotes school choice for Kentucky’s parents…

Kentucky more than $71 billion in the hole thanks to unfunded public pension liabilities

A new report from State Budget Solutions demonstrates what Kentuckians have known for years: fundamental reform must be made to our public pension systems if Kentucky is to remain a competitive state for business investment and economic growth. According to the new report, titled “Promises Made, Promises Broken – The Betrayal of Pensioners and Taxpayers,”…

For Thursday: Jim Waters talks charter schools with talk-show host Joe Elliott on WGTK-AM

Bluegrass Institute President Jim Waters talks public charter schools                                             Thursday at 10 am (EDT) on The Joe Elliott Show on 970 WGTK-AM. Listen live here. Then, if you like what you hear, help keep the Bluegrass Institute’s voice on the airwaves by contributing here. Join the discussion as we compare education-reform efforts around the country with…

Not-so-fun facts on Kentucky’s defined benefit public pension retirement systems

Did you know… that while private sector defined-benefit plans must be 80% funded in Kentucky, public sector defined-benefit plans have no such legal requirements? that while defined-benefit plans continue to be the public sector’s retirement package of choice, in the private sector the number of defined-benefit packages has fallen by about 80% since 1985? that…

Bluegrass Institute represented at KY Charter Schools Association summit

Today, the recently formed Kentucky Charter Schools Association hosted its First Annual Education Summit on Public Charter Schools in Louisville, KY. Many important champions of the school choice movement in Kentucky were present and accounted for, including Board President of the Association, Hal Heiner, Pastor Jerry Stephenson from the Black Alliance for Educational Options, the…

Bluegrass Institute Board of Scholars to explain public pension reform, August 26

This coming Monday, August 26,at 7 PM ET, Bluegrass Institute scholar, Brian Strow, BB&T professor for the study of capitalism at Western Kentucky University, will be answering YOUR questions concerning the quagmire that is Kentucky’s $30 billion unfunded public pension liability crisis! August 26 – Town Hall meeting on the Kentucky public pension crisis – What is…