One of the guest commentators at Senator Rand Paul’s recent roundtable on school choice was Kentucky Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton. Hear what the first Kentucky African-American to hold a statewide office has to say about her personal experiences and why she strongly favors school choice for Kentucky’s students.
Senator Rand Paul took time out of his busy fall schedule to host a School Choice Roundtable in Louisville on October 25, 2016. BIPPS was there to record the event, and we’ll be sharing some of the comments with you.
To start, here is what the host, Senator Paul, thinks about school choice for Kentucky.
On October 18, 2016 the Kentucky Office of Education Accountability (OEA) presented an important report about achievement gaps in Kentucky’s schools. Normally, it takes the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission many months after a report is approved before it appears in final, edited version in their web site, and the next legislative session will likely be over before that posting occurs.
However, “Overview of Achievement Gaps in Kentucky Schools” contains a lot of valuable information, information that could be important for policy decisions that will come up in the next legislative session.
So, I obtained a copy of the approved draft of the report and posted it online so that everyone can have access before the legislature goes into session.
Many important issues are discussed in this report, but one stood out for me right away. Some new data from the OEA’s research adds to other research I have been conducting regarding the large amount of social promotion to high school diplomas in Kentucky.
The OEA’s report provides still more evidence that Kentucky’s schools are pushing more poor kids through the program with less educational accomplishment than their more affluent classmates are getting.
Former Shelby County Public Schools payroll manager gets 18 years for swiping $600,000
One of the complaints we hear from opponents of charter schools regards corrupt finances. There has been fiscal misbehavior in a few charter schools. However, the traditional public school system in Kentucky is far from trouble free in this area. Unfortunately, Kentucky’s traditional public school system provides evidence that people are people and charter schools have no copyright on those who will steal dollars meant to support students’ education.
A new case in point from Shelby County shows that the charter school critics’ smug assumptions about supposedly tougher fiscal protections in the traditional public schools are dubious at best.
Less than a month before the Nov. 8 election, Bluegrass Institute president Jim Waters wrote in his weekly statewide syndicated newspaper column that the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement “could especially be harmful to Kentucky farmers, who grow more than 87,000 acres of tobacco annually” by shutting the tobacco industry out of protections provided by the investor-state dispute (ISDS) mechanism.
“Carving tobacco out of the ISDS would prevent companies from seeking legal due-process relief when foreign governments take property without compensation or seize assets in the name of ‘public health,’” Waters wrote.
The Obama administration, which treated tobacco as a “hostile witness” while negotiating the TPP deal, “has given up” on the 12-nation trade deal and will not try to push it during the lame-duck session of Congress.
Unfortunately, TPP’s strong parts — including 18,000 tax cuts on American exports and $15 billion worth of tariff cuts — also become victims of the deal’s inability to garner needed political support for passage.
However, like Americans for Tax Reform’s Alexander Hendrie writes: “For free trade to work, there simply cannot be discrimination that denies investors due process protections based solely on the political ideology of one country, or the unpopularity of a product.”
Superintendent tells how Kentucky’s School Based Decision Making Council (SBDM) laws tie elected board members’ hands
Discussion shows how SBDM laws render parents and school boards powerless
Parents in the Boone County Public School District are getting an interesting education these days. They are learning that their locally elected school board and their school superintendent have absolutely no authority regarding what may be some very bad curriculum choices recently made in one of the district’s middle schools.