In this short interview, Rep. Jim DeCesare discusses 2010 General Assembly efforts for spending transparency in Kentucky government.
Here are some links worth checking out on this fine Tuesday afternoon:
According to Maurice McTigue, former New Zealand Member of Parliament and Cabinet member, transparency is the first step toward accountability…
As a Kentucky citizen, what are your thoughts on the level of transparency in our state government? Do you feel like your are in the dark as to what your government is doing? Have you tried to access information and had your efforts snubbed out? Or, do you think the state government is open with their practices?
The Bluegrass Institute believes that transparency really is the first step toward accountability with our elected officials.
Take a moment and lend us your thoughts about transparency in Kentucky! Respond in the comment section of this blog post! Your input is valuable to our efforts to promote transparency in our great Commonwealth!
A couple days ago I got caught in the Wikipedia trap, you know the one where you are looking for a specific topic and end up clicking over five or six other articles to something completely unrelated (the jump from bananas to fossil fuels is not as far as you’d think!). I wound up reading about Che Guevara and the Cuban Revolution in the 1950’s.
See, Che’s influences included Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels and I quickly realized that in my education, both in high-school and at the collegiate level, I was exposed to the thoughts and ideas of socialism far more than I was to the ideas that were the cornerstones of the nation I lived in, namely liberty and capitalism.
It was disheartening to think that the education system I grew up in focused more on the antithesis of our nation’s principles than the ideas that make America unique. Documents like Thomas Paine’s Common Sense, the writings of our founding fathers, the free-market ideas of modern thinker Milton Friedman were all ideas I had to discover on my own.
Perhaps it was assumed that while being taught these ideas about European socialism students knew about the United States’ history, how economies function, and that young minds were truly able to digest the heavy concept of personal liberty. Honestly though, I’m not sure that’s the case. More and more we are seeing that Americans on the whole truly do not have a basic understand of policy, the Constitution and how economies work.
These things need to be taught in schools. The achievements and concepts behind the United States need to be more than just a one week reading assignment in a civics class. Liberty, personal freedom, and the Constitution should be the bedrock of understanding for students in our classrooms.
The Wall Street Journal recently reported on the growing charter school movement in Harlem and the push back from teachers’ unions. Read the article here.
Kentucky should take notice of the impact that charter schools can have on the education system.
Here is a basic run-down of some facts that may interest property owners in Fayette county…
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