Vice-president of Communications Jim Waters will appearing at the follow events!
Thursday, November 17 @ 7pm
Grant County Tea Party (Grant County, Kentucky)
Toyota Dealership at Dry Ridge Exit 154 off of I-75
Friday, November 18 @ 12pm noon
Winchester Rotary Club (Winchester, Kentucky)
Winchester Country Club
If you can’t make it to one of these events you can see Jim speak in the video below!
While that is nonsense, just listen to what is happening in our traditional public school system that the union so loves.
A recent news story says that ‘alternative schools’ that operate within the traditional public school system in Kentucky have grown out of control to the point where Frankfort says they don’t even know how many of these schools exist.
Even worse, no-one seems to have a handle on how many students are in these alternative schools or why they got placed there. Are some of these ‘schools’ really just functioning as holding tanks? Who can tell?
Now, this is really simple. You can’t hold a school accountable if you don’t even know it is there.
One more point. The union claims that charter schools push out kids who are not progressing. While that allegation is hotly contested by some charter school operators, we now know that public schools in Kentucky actually are doing the same sort of thing.
So, the KEA better pay some more attention to what is really happening out there before they disparage charter schools. You see, each charter school has to hold a state-issued charter before it can even start operations. Apparently, no such accountability applies if a traditional public school wants to create its own spinoffs in Kentucky, and Frankfort currently does not have a handle on this problem.
The Advocate-Messenger: Conferees say Kentucky’s schools have not produced adequate numbers of college and career-ready students
Here is the local newspaper’s ‘take’ on comments from our own Jim Waters and others at the recent Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce 2011 Public Policy Series meeting on education.
Writes the Messenger:
“Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Dave Adkisson, Danville Superintendent Carmen Coleman and Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions Vice President of Communications Jim Waters — agreed that previous Kentucky education “reform” has failed to produce adequate numbers of college- and career-ready students and schools today must pick up the slack.”
For video highlights from this conference, click here.
A transparency meeting closed to the press? Isn’t that like drinking lukewarm coffee or increasing debt to reduce debt? That just doesn’t make sense.
But, apparently vice-president Biden is having a meeting with the Government Accountability and Transparency Board today and the press is not invited. That flies right in the face of what transparency is. Meetings have to be transparent to those beyond the meeting room walls in order to be considered transparent.
TIP #3 – KNOW WHO TO CONTACT
Sending your request to the correct person will help speed up the process. Sounds obvious, right? Well, it is.
- When your request is addressed to the wrong person, one of two things is likely to happen. If you are fortunate, that person will forward the request on to the correct official. The other outcome is that your request is denied in which case you will need to start the entire request process over and address the correct person. Simply put, this is a pain.
- Always do a little research before sending your request to find the proper custodian of the records you want. Usually going to an agency’s website can yield this information. If that doesn’t work and you don’t mind showing your cards, you can always just call the agency, explain to them that you are going to be submitting a request for information, and ask them who the request should be addressed to.
- Always err on addressing your request higher on the “food chain”. Ultimately, the leader of an organization, agency, city, school district, etc… is responsible for the organization’s compliance with open records laws. When in doubt, address your request to the mayor, superintendent, or department head.