In May 2006 the Kentucky Long-Term Policy Research Center released a short summary on Retiree Crisis Looms as Pension and Health Care Benefits Vanish. In that summary, an aggregate unfunded liability of nearly $296 billion was reported in a survey conduced by the National Association of State Retirement Administrators and National Council on Teacher Retirement. Failure to make actuarially sound investments was cited as the root of most shortfalls. Since the time the investment market has suffered severe declines and our financial infrastructure is in question.
Gov. Steve Beshear continues to claim gambling will solve Kentucky’s budget woes.
I tried to put some perspective on this view in a recent Bluegrass Beacon column:
“Shouldn’t we feel bad about having to compete economically at the lowest level by tricking people out of their money and penalizing people who make bad bets?”
State leaders and fiscal watchdogs Monday criticized the commonwealth’s antiquated and costly system for paying for public construction projects as a special session of the Legislature convened to address the budget shortfall.
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– Boone County High School awards graduation ceremony tickets by CATS scores
Some educators never got it about our old CATS assessment. The scores never had high levels of accuracy for individual students. In fact, the test was never designed to generate highly accurate scores for individual students.
This was all discussed last winter when Senate Bill 1, which dumped CATS, was being developed.
But, some educators never got the message. In a coercive attempt to get kids to do their best on the CATS, the Boone County High School in Northern Kentucky has been awarding limited seats to its graduation ceremonies according to how well individual students scored on the CATS.
Given that CATS can’t provide high accuracy scores for individual students, this practice seems so “not right.” The fact that this nonsense is going on in one of the state’s most upscale school districts shows how education myths and deceptions have penetrated everywhere in Kentucky. It’s disrespectful of students and their parents.
The Boone County High School needs to rethink what it is doing.
And, if this nonsense is going on elsewhere in Kentucky, we’d like to hear about it.
We’ve all seen or heard the ads – Kentucky’s governor claims the state’s horse industry employs 100,000 people.
Now, the Lexington Herald-Leader sets that record straight – the real number is only about half of that amount.
I guess this is the sort of thing we must expect after two decades of our kids not being taught decent math skills. Sooner or later, it permeates everything so that facts don’t matter.
Fortunately, at least one person is left at the Herald-Leader who can count.