It’s time to stand up for liberty.
In 1792, the animating spirit of each Kentuckian was that of personal independence and open liberty. Where is that spirit today? Oppressive bureaucrats increasingly threaten this spirit of self-reliance with more and more burdensome taxes, fees, regulations, promised bailouts, czars and take-overs. We’re promised safety and security, fair pricing and equal service. But free people are not equal and equal people are not free.
Since 2003, the Bluegrass Institute is the only organization in Kentucky championing policies that limit the scope of government through real transparency and accountability. Maybe you’ve heard Jim Waters on the radio, read his commentaries or heard him speak at one of Kentucky’s many tea parties. Perhaps you’ve attended one of our events like the viewing of The Call of the Entrepreneur at the Kentucky Theater in Lexington or maybe you receive our email updates and blog posts. Maybe you’ve contributed an article to FreedomKentucky.org or looked up your school district’s check register. Maybe you’ve monitored your legislator’s votes on KentuckyVotes.org. Now we are asking you to take an extra step and become a partner with us in the battle to secure our liberty and empower Kentuckians to take back their freedoms with the same tools our pioneer ancestor used— information, tenacity and resourcefulness.
In 1792 it was a step through the Cumberland Gap toward freedom and today it is a step toward liberty. Take that step by contributing $17.92 at Kentucky1792.org or give $17.92 per month for one year and help the Bluegrass Institute reach our goal of 1792 new partners devoted to strengthening liberty in Kentucky! Or, if you are able, give a gift of $179.20 or $1792. In return we ask you to become involve by committing to one monthly action request so when someone asks, “What else can I do?” You can tell them what you’ve done.
• Call a radio program.
• Host a coffee & capitalism meeting at your favorite diner or coffee house. We’ll bring the coffee mugs!
• Bring a guest to hear a BIPPS speaker.
• Contribute an article to FreedomKentucky.org.
• Read a book like “The Road to Serfdom”.
• Submit an op-ed to your local newspaper on how a policy will restrict your liberty.
• Recruit other 1792 Pioneers via your social networking contacts on Twitter and Facebook.
• Write and educate your legislators or their staff on policy issues that limit your liberty.
Our goal is to reach 1792 donors who will contribute $17.92. What better way to commemorate the legacy of Kentuckians and the rugged individual spirit that is our inheritance today? Saddle up and lets get moving!
Helen Mountjoy is resigning from her position as Kentucky Education Secretary effective November 30, 2009.
Mountjoy has been a key player in the implementation of KERA for many years, first as an outspoken member and later chair of the Kentucky Board of Education, and then as Education Secretary since 2007.
Mountjoy’s surprise announcement, coming just days after another key presence in Kentucky education policy, Senator Dan Kelly, announced he was leaving the state legislature, greatly expands the suddenly growing power vacuum on both sides of the issues in the state’s education policy making group.
Mountjoy staunchly defended many of the Progressive Education theories and concepts that were adopted in KERA’s early days. For example, she strongly supported keeping the now failed KIRIS and CATS assessments right up to the point that the legislature voted to disband each of those highly criticized school testing programs.
Given the fact that the real power in education in Kentucky rests with the Kentucky Board of Education and the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, Mountjoy’s influence as education secretary was certainly reduced from her days on the board of education. However, even in the education secretary position, Mountjoy remained actively involved in trying to shape the conversation.
The governor’s recently announced Transforming Education in Kentucky Task Force is viewed in some quarters as a Mountjoy effort to influence the discussion on KERA’s future direction. In fact, it is reported that Mountjoy will continue to function as the governor’s “point person” on this effort after she leaves official office. That raises a question about possible limits on the authority of whoever replaces Mountjoy as Kentucky Education Secretary, further muddying the waters about who will become the new key players in what now could become a profoundly altered education policy landscape.
Kentucky could lose out on Race to the Top funding and thousands of students could lose out on a better education without charter schools.
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Come and join us to hear Virginia Walden Ford tell her story on Friday, November 6 at 7 p.m.
The rally will be held at the Midwest Church of Christ 2115 Garland Ave. Louisville, KY 40211. Everyone is invited to attend.
Come together, Be inspired….Get informed.