“Whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, the people, if well informed, may be relied on to set them to rights.”
– Thomas Jefferson
The Bowling Green Daily News has a very good editorial about the case for authorizing charter schools in Kentucky.
The editors at this paper get it. Parents should have choices so their kids don’t get trapped in under-performing schools. Why do establishment educators somehow feel they have an unrestricted entitlement to per-pupil funding that is supposed to be for the child, not for the enrichment of those who continue to poorly serve the child?
Last week, The Bluegrass Institute was fortunate enough to be able to co-host an event with the Mercatus Center which included several distinquished speakers.
University of Kentucky economist Dr. John Garen spoke about the rising costs associated with Kentucky’s medicaid policies. Garen is the author of An Unsustainable Path: The Past and Future of Kentucky Medicaid Spending, a Bluegrass Institute report released in 2011.
You can view the presentation slides that accompany this video here.
Here are a couple of concerns I have about the proposed constitutional amendment to expand gambling in Kentucky.
Eyes rolled as soon as he said it.
Dejuan Wright, a Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) teacher, made a blanket statement in his testimony before the Kentucky House Education Committee on February 14, 2012. Said Wright:
“One record I’d like to set straight today is that JCPS scored four points higher in both reading and math compared to state average. Which, things like that we often don’t have an opportunity to hear.”
No other teacher at the table disputed this assertion, and neither did any legislator. Still, readily available testing scores show –
Mr. Wright is wrong. Seriously wrong.
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