1- Public Transit – The Cato Institute takes a look at the disproportionate percentage between spending and usage of public transportation over the last 40 years.
2 – Operation: Open Records 2010 – We have updated many of the records requests on the Open Records 2010 Portal. We are working to promote transparency and accountability in Kentucky government. Check out these requests and their responses!
3 – Closing in on a milestone! – FreedomKentucky.org is closing in on 1,000,000 visits!
4 – The Economics of the left: Unemployment Benefits create jobs – Check out this blog post about the myth of unemployment benefits helping to cure the unemployment problem.
5 – Friedman on Government and the Poor.
The Bluegrass Institute is hosting a “What would Friedman do?” lecture at the University of Louisville on July 30, 2010. Learn more here.
Kevin Jackson was the keynote speaker at FreedomFest in Frankfort, Kentucky on July 10, 2010. Here he is speaking about the current political climate, race, and the need to return to the founding ideas and values of our nation.
See more Bluegrass Institute videos here.
Now, the Courier-Journal reports more parents are joining the lawsuit, which argues that state law gives children the right to attend their nearest school.
Jefferson County Schools argue the law does not apply because it only pertains to separate school districts that merge. However, the base law dates back to 1942, and I suspect the huge Jefferson County system of today was created by a merger of older, separate school districts after 1942.
So, this one will be interesting to watch.
And, regardless of what happens with this suit, the problem of Jefferson County being able to subvert both state and federal school accountability laws simply by changing busing plans each year remains as a serious challenge. The Kentucky Department of Education and the Kentucky Board of Education have yet to get a handle on that.
The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence has been notably quiet in the fight to get a decent charter school law in Kentucky.
That makes one of their new blog items especially noteworthy.
Can it really be? Prichard lauding practices of teacher evaluation from Pittsburgh’s City High? A CHARTER SCHOOL!
Check it out for yourself here.
Of course, we have to look elsewhere to benefit from innovations from charter schools because Kentucky does not have any of these innovative schools.
And, so far, Prichard hasn’t been of any help in changing the law so we can fix that deficiency.
Another local board of education is choosing the cowardly way out of their responsibility to the voters (subscription), hiding behind a terrible, anti-voter law passed during this year’s legislative session.
That voter-hostile law allows (but does not require) local boards of education to conduct the meat of their annual superintendent evaluations in secret.
This secret process denies voters any insight into how their individually elected officials perform perhaps their most important job – oversight of the school district’s CEO.
The only thing Christian County voters are likely to see is a “consensus” report that won’t reveal anything about what individual board members really think. This process will also cover up problems.
Shame on any Christian County (and Jefferson County) board members who subscribe to this cowardly retreat from their public responsibility. As elected officials, they have a primary, individual responsibility to be up front with the people who put them in office. Hiding behind a secretly developed consensus report doesn’t pass the test.