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Several weeks ago, the Bluegrass Institute released my new report, “Virtual schooling in Kentucky: Great promise with challenges,” about virtual learning systems in Kentucky.
It focused on the Kentucky Virtual High School system which serves both advanced students who want to take Advanced Placement courses and those students who have fallen behind and need special help.
Now, another variation of an e-learning program is starting to produce benefits in Hopkins County.
The Kentucky School Boards Association is echoing a Messenger (Madisonville) article about a new e-learning based program in Hopkins County that has already produced its first graduate. Instead of being a dropout, newly graduated Dillion Ellis is on his way to a potentially very worthwhile career as a diesel engine mechanic.
My only concern as I read the article is that the new Academy will graduate students with only 23 credits while the regular high schools in Hopkins County require either 25 or 27 credits to graduate. All still exceed the state minimum of 22 credits, however.
A “Well Done!” is in order for Hopkins County for harnessing the promise of technology for students who need extra help. This technology-based system is meeting needs of students who must work and need special schedules and other assistance which can be greatly facilitates with E-learning approaches.
U.S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves has ruled that Kentucky’s special interest election law limiting individuals’ contributions to candidates for local school board races is unconstitutional.
The law restricts contributions from individuals to $100 while the union continues to poor hundreds of thousands into the campaign of its chosen candidates. That unfair and unbalanced policy gives teachers’ unions a hugely unfair advantage in controlling those political school board races.
Teachers’ unions take full advantage of it, as well, by doing such things as helping get school board members who favor union policies over children’s education elected. Such mischief might be occurring in Carter County, where union-oriented school board members have approved a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) in construction of a new school.
It’s outrageous that some of these board members stand to personally benefit from their “yes” votes on the PLA. It’s also proper that the Associated General Contractors of Kentucky have filed a lawsuit against the Carter County Board of Education and Kentucky Department of Education
Union allegiance is to unions. Their primary objectives are clear: Soak taxpayers for more pay, more benefits, more rules and more restrictions.
No union should be able to buy board members, legislators or votes. Thank goodness a federal judge finally said “STOP.”