Sen. Joey Pendleton has filed a bill to make growing hemp legal in Kentucky.
The Bluegrass Institute has made no secret of its desire to see more government operations made available to the public via the internet. This has primarily involved advocating timely publication of government expenditures to a searchable database for everyone to see.
While we wait for that, another opportunity may be at hand.
House Bill 187 would allow county governments to spend less money buying newspaper advertising to announce proposed ordinances. Why not, however, save even more money by removing the newspaper publishing mandate completely and require instead posting to the internet?
The bill is expected to pass the House easily on Friday.
The House Economic Development Committee approved a bill Thursday to expand state government tax incentive programs for businesses.
House Bill 229, however, doesn’t address one simple question: “Do state economic development schemes really benefit the public or would lower taxes across the board be better?”
Seems that with the massive amount of resources devoted to “economic development” by the government, if there were real justification for the whole exercise they would surely let us know in detailed fashion.
This whole charade reminds me of the “Little Red Riding Hood” story and Kentuckians are going over the river and through the woods to get eaten by our grandmother.
The Kentucky Club for Growth today urged legislators not to back up on their promise to start digging us out of our more than $30 billion public pension hole and to vote against House Bill 117.
The Club’s Andy Hightower asks the only question left to ask:
Seems like only last June they were promising us they were going to get serious about the largest hole in our state’s finances.
In fact, it was only last June.
Click the play button on the left side of the audio slider to hear this interesting commentary.
It’s gratifying that even Bob Sexton over at the Prichard Committee now agrees with a long-standing BIPPS position that our CATS school assessments need extensive reworking.
Also, note that Susan Weston continues to contend that Kentucky’s kids score about average on the National Assessment of Educational Progress. We showed a few days ago that this certainly isn’t true for Kentucky’s White students, who comprise about 85 percent of the students in Kentucky’s public schools.
While I was putting together a response to another blog, this grammar correction ‘gem’ popped up in Microsoft Word.
This example of computer grammar correction run amuck relates to writing instruction in Kentucky.
Until very recently, Kentucky’s teachers graded writing on a “holistic” basis, meaning that the grade was based only on an overall impression. Spelling, grammar and punctuation were deemphasized in this scoring scheme.
One argument used to support this bad idea was the claim that spelling and grammar checkers in word processors made it unnecessary for kids to know the mechanics of writing.
Nearly two decades of our kids suffered under this crazy notion before Kentucky’s teachers were told to grade writing differently. Supposedly, spelling, grammar and punctuation matter once more (at least in those classes where the teacher has reasonable mastery of these skills herself – keep in mind some of today’s teachers learned writing as “KERA kids”).
Unfortunately, wrong-headed ideas about writing were staunchly defended and prevailed in Kentucky for far too long because educators refused to listen to reason.
Now, some of the same education crowd desperately clings to our dysfunctional CATS assessment program. Despite clear evidence that CATS scores are misleadingly inflated, untrustworthy and constantly getting more so, status quo educators have been dragging their heels. They wasted last year with their largely dysfunctional Assessment and Accountability Task Force, making it clear that they wanted to delay meaningful changes until after 2014. Now they just made it clear again that they would prefer to drag out any changes for maybe another half-decade or more.
Meanwhile, our kids would continue to suffer in a program loaded with too much test preparation and too little real education.
There’s a lesson here. Since KERA began, key state educators time and again have emphatically told us things that just were not right. After all these years, their credibility has worn a bit thin. Delay fixing CATS for another five years? If we listen to that bad advice, we’ll just be sacrificing another half-generation of our kids.