- Operation: Open Records 2011 – The new year is here and you know what that means, it is open records time. The Bluegrass Institute has already begun the search for information this year but we would like your input on what you want to see. What questions do you want answered? Where should we dig?
- Help us spread the word on Facebook and stay in touch with us by becoming a fan of The Bluegrass Institute!
- Great letter via Cafe Hayek regarding the reality of the proposed federal “budget cuts”.
- The Lexington Herald-Leader has done a great job recently making a lot of public records available on their website Kentucky.com. Check out the database page here!
A year-long open records project by the Bluegrass Institute reveals a woeful deficiency when it comes to assessing academic performance as part of local school boards’ evaluations of superintendents. This is especially true in failing Kentucky school districts.
Click here to read the latest Bluegrass Beacon.
“Social Scientist Sees Bias Within” from the NY Times.
At a recent meeting of 1,000 social scientists who study issues of bias, only three admitted to being conservatives. Doctors, heal thyselves.
Legislators on both sides of the aisle, Dems as well as Republicans, in Indiana get it – charter schools work, and their state deserves more of them.
And, those legislators have the …… (choose your own term) to stand up to a mob-like group of teachers who don’t get it.
Gov. Mitch Daniels also laid it out plainly about his state’s teacher’s union officials:
“Their priority is their organization, not the young people of Indiana. Their special interest domination of education policy from the local level to the Statehouse has hurt Indiana children for too long and this year, change must finally come.”
Read all about senior leaders in Indiana with courage and conviction to do the right thing for students here.
I sure hope this will finally inspire some of our legislators to do the right thing for kids instead of cowering before noisy educators who selfishly stand in the way of educational progress.
- The Bluegrass Institute’s own Jim Waters had an Op/Ed published today regarding superintendent evaluations! Check it out here. The Op/Ed is yet another discussion about a severe lack of accountability in how the most highly paid and knowledgeable education officials in a district are evaluated. Read more here.
- Do you follow BIPPS on Twitter? If not, you should!
- BIPPS was mentioned today in Huffington Post regarding public pension reform. We were described as a “cookie-cutter think tank” that basically blames public-sector employees for state budget shortfalls. Not even close. You can read more about the Kentucky pension system here.
The Bluegrass Institute is watching — and exposing — what’s happening with YOUR tax dollars in Frankfort and defending your freedom in the face of ever-encroaching government policies.
I will be evaluating the 2011 session of the Kentucky General Assembly tonight at 7 p.m. (eastern) on Kentucky GrassRoots Radio. Listen in at BlogTalkRadio.com.
BTW, find the contact info for all legislators on FreedomKentucky.org, the institute’s government transparency Web site.