Kentucky middle-school students lost much ground in mathematics since KERA was enacted.
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Just where does the fed appetite to control and take over our private sector end? Not at your computer, apparently.
A long-awaited plan on broadband Internet connections announced March 15 by the Federal Communications Commission signals government interference in the private sector is about to grow.
President Obama now appears poised to apply his spread-the-wealth philosophy in ways that will create yet another bureaucracy to “redistribute” our Internet capability.
Want to pay $56,000 per home to ensure that folks without broadband can get broadband that’s as fast as the FCC’s broadband planners have decided they deserve?
The government announcement sounds innocent.
But not everyone agrees.
According to the plan’s executive summary, big government control — instead of freedom and entrepreneurship — will be stimulated.
The Internet Freedom Coalition has credible perspective to counter the innocent government spin.
Jerry Ellig, a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, challenges that providing Internet access to Americans not currently online can be accomplished without a broken bank or government takeover.
This is nothing more than another federal initiative being downloaded to strike at the heart of more Kentucky freedoms and businesses.
“The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.” –Thomas Jefferson
I wonder how “death panels” jibe with “the care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction.”
WAVE-3 reports that House Bill 301, which will raise the minimum high school dropout age in Kentucky, passed the Kentucky Senate Education Committee today, but not until it was amended to delay implementation of the higher age requirements by a year.
Now, the age won’t rise from 16 to 17 until 2015, and it won’t rise to the final 18-year-old point until a year afterwards.
While I am not sure that this bill is the right answer to the state’s dropout problem, I am very confident that the real number of dropouts is much higher than the “official” number of 6,500 which the WAVE-3 item mentions.
The state’s dropout reporting was officially audited in 2006 and found to seriously under-report the true number of dropouts.
Other, more credible calculations, which center on high school graduation rates, not dropouts, indicate Kentucky understates the true number of dropouts by somewhere around 60 to 100 percent.
Next year, the Kentucky Department of Education will drop its current, inaccurate dropout reporting and switch to a better graduation rate formula for school accountability. The data will get better still around 2013 when our new student tracking data system called Infinite Campus is supposed to be on line long enough to support really high grade reports.
A preview of the Bluegrass Institute’s Capitol Briefing on environmental issues will air this afternoon on “Drive Time” on 930 WKCT-AM, Bowling Green’s news-talk station.
Paul Chesser, special correspondent for the Heartland Institute, who is speaking at a Bluegrass Institute legislative forum on Wednesday in Room 113 of the Capitol Annex in Frankfort at 11:15 a.m. (RSVP here to attend), will address a radical climate change panel that has come to Kentucky and is operated and funded by environmental extremists.
The show is hosted by Chad Young and is streamed live here.
Chesser will also appear on “KY. GrassRoots Radio” from 7:30 to 8 p.m. tonight. Listen here. The show is hosted by Matt Singleton, Clint Hardy and David Caldwell.
Brooke Rollins, President & CEO of the Texas Public Policy Foundation made this prediction regarding Sunday’s assault on Americans’ freedom via health care legislation in Washington:
“The president and congressional leaders have said they know better than the American
public—dismissing public opposition in the name of socializing our health care
system, betting that the public will support their efforts once the bill has passed.
But they are wrong and will quickly see that they have stirred an anger that will
only grow, as people recognize their freedoms are slipping away.”
Rollins may be right. But Kentucky legislators should take no chances.
A proposal in the Kentucky House to protect citizens from federal government health care and insurance mandates has been stuck in the Banking and Insurance Committee since Jan. 26.
Now, just after the big-government goons in Washington beat up liberty and freedom, would be an opportune time for Kentucky lawmakers to preserve the Constitution they swore to uphold and defend the constituents they pledged to protect.
Of course, Washington’s ruling thugs long ago trashed the Tenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution they swore to uphold. And the wishes of their constituents? They were never considered.
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