“Instead of demanding ever more from government, we must reclaim those basic virtues from The Greatest Generation and begin to do more for ourselves. That means younger people must take charge of their own retirement. It also means more people must stop worrying about health care and begin to focus on staying well. The healthier we are, the less we will need doctors, hospitals and medicine.” –Cal Thomas
This week marks five years since then-Gov. Mitt Romney signed “RomneyCare” into law in Massachusetts. That legislation provides a sober reminder that state policy that assaults freedom can give rise to federal policy that assaults freedom. Here’s a video I produced last year with the help of the Cato Institute’s David Boaz and Michael Cannon that describes the trouble Romney might have as he pursues the Presidency for the next two years.
Oddly enough, Romney announced the formation of an exploratory committee for President on anniversary.
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Jefferson County citizens want a new superintendent who knows how to turn around failing schools and who can deal with the bullying which is now becoming a major issue.
WAVE-3 has the details on what citizens are saying to the school board here.
So, why do we only have one?
Technically, it’s a unique institution.
However, the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science at Western Kentucky University operates a lot like charter schools found in other states.
Gatton is a school of choice. Students from anywhere in Kentucky can select Gatton instead of the ‘resides’ school they normally would be forced to attend based on their home address.
It awards a public high school diploma.
It provides a superior education.
And, like charter school enrollment across the country, Gatton is also growing.
Gatton is a resident campus school open to public school students from anywhere in Kentucky who have high enough grades and ACT scores to qualify. Gatton offers students outstanding exposure to advanced courses, including regular college courses taught at Western Kentucky University. Many of those courses are taught by college professors who are real subject matter experts instead of public school teachers who often are not as deeply prepared.
But, Gatton is the only school of its kind in Kentucky.
Why is that?
If we did so, we could save a considerable amount of the costs to house students, which the Bowling Green Daily News reports is a limiting factor on Gatton’s enrollment. Also, these youngsters wouldn’t be totally removed from their homes for the entire school year, either.
With more Gatton-like schools on other Kentucky campuses, we could get a lot more of the state’s top students better prepared for critically important careers in math and science.
So, how come only WKU has such a school?
Want to bet the teachers’ union is involved? Don’t forget, at a Gatton type school, students take many courses that are not taught by union dues paying teachers. That’s good for the students, but not so hot for money-hungry union bosses.
In fact, given the union’s lock on the legislature, the amazing thing isn’t that we don’t have more Gatton schools on other campuses – it’s that we even have Gatton.
It is every citizen’s right to vote in the elections, please make sure you are registered, informed and ready to cast your vote in the May 17 primary election. The deadline to register is Monday, April 18, 2011.
Voter registration cards are available online at www.vote.ky.gov/register.
Fill out and drop off the cards at your local county clerk’s office until the close of business that day. Or, if you choose to mail yours in, it must be postmarked no later than April 18. Be sure your card includes the correct address.
Check out the Voter Information Center at www.vote.ky.gov/vic to find out if, and how, you are registered, where you vote and directions to the correct polling site.
Remember if you don’t vote, don’t complain. Your vote could be the one that makes the difference.
The Bluegrass Institute recently sent an open records request to the Office of the Governor. You can view the full request here. In brief, the request was meant to obtain “detailed plans, analysis, projections and summaries with supporting documentation…” that the administration had that led it to claim that the Medicaid budget would break even in 2012 without budget cuts to supplement Medicaid funding.
The administration denied the request based on the law specifying that only specifically described records obligate a public agency to respond. So unless you actually work in the office you are making the request of, chances are you have no idea what the exact name of the document you want would be.
My question would be, is this really transparency?
The current administration continues to tout itself as a champion of transparency. Here is an idea on how they can take it a step further: honor records requests to show the facts and thought processes behind the administration’s Medicaid policies.
Read more about Operation: Open Records 2011