BIPPS and KY Black pastors join US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in calling for education reform now

Yesterday, as more children enrolled in Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) fell further behind in remote, online schooling, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos joined the Bluegrass Institute and the Kentucky Pastors in Action Coalition (K-PAC), a group of African-American pastors and community leaders, in calling for immediate education reform – including school choice – at…

Kentucky legislators bloviate about reigning in governor’s power, but committee caves on mask mandate

Five bills have been pre-filed in the General Assembly to limit the governor’s power during a state of emergency. Generally, the bills limit the length of a governor’s emergency orders to between 14 and 60 days and require the legislature to convene and approve extensions beyond that timeframe. You can read more about the importance…

Are Beshear’s executive orders legal?

In Wednesday’s meeting of the Interim Joint Committee on Health, Welfare and Family Services, Sen. Ralph Alvarado, R-Winchester, questioned the legality of some of Gov. Beshear’s executive orders. Alvarado mentioned KRS 13A.190, which addresses executive-order usage and states that, except under certain guidelines, “an emergency administrative regulation with the same number or title or governing…

Lawmakers give teachers’ pension fund an extra $1B instead of awarding it to ailing KERS

The Kentucky Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee led by Chairman Chris McDaniel, R-Taylor Mill, recently unveiled its version of the KY budget for the next two fiscal years. Despite what the teachers’ unions and media would have you believe, the Senate version of the budget fully funded the Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) with no strings attached.…

Bill to change the KY constitution

HB 475 filed in this 2020 session of the General Assembly proposes a change to the Constitution of Kentucky to allow cities, counties and towns to impose and collect local taxes. This bill, often referred to as a local option sales tax, specifically, removes the following language from the Kentucky Constitution: “and may, by general…

Scholarship tax credit bills filed

BIPPS joined school choice supporters yesterday in the Capitol rotunda to rally for educational freedom. Later in the afternoon, House Majority Whip Rep. Chad McCoy of Nelson County filed HB 350, a bill that would allow taxpayers to receive partial tax credits when they donate to nonprofits that provide school scholarships to low-income students. The House…

Scholarship tax credits: Fact vs. fiction

Opponents of school choice often resort to misleading statements, misrepresentations and complete dishonesty to argue against giving low-and-middle-income students the chance to attend the same private schools the wealthy enjoy.  Here are the top scholarship tax credit myths debunked: 1. Scholarship tax credits will destroy the public school system Scholarship tax credits are not a…