A new Bluegrass Institute Policy Point shows that the achievement gap between black and white students in reading and math has actually grown wider in more than a third of the 120 schools included in the study.
A national poll of Wal-Mart shoppers shows widespread financial concern that is impacting the timing of food purchases. Meanwhile, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is calling the California legislature back into special session next month to raise taxes.
Gov. Steve Beshear has allowed speculation to simmer that he is going to do the same thing. How hard do we have to work to convince the average Kentuckian that now is exactly the wrong time to be slapping the taxpayer?
Rep. Mary Lou Marzian pre-filed a bill that initially attempts to enforce wage fairness in the workplace but, deep in the bill, there is language that grants some extraordinary powers to the Executive Director of the Office of Workplace Standards:
“The executive director shall promulgate administrative regulations in accordance with KRS Chapter 13 A to specify any other matters necessary or appropriate to carry out the provisions of KRS 337.420 to 337.433 and 337.990(14).”
A somewhat similar bill passed the House of Representatives in the 2008 General Assembly.
The Bluegrass Institute’s emphasis on real education reform is starting to take hold in Louisville. Some local citizens, with the Institute’s help, aren’t waiting around any more for the bureaucrats to act.
If fed-up citizens can break through the official resistance in the state’s largest city by organizing their own after-school tutoring, our children will not fail.
Here is an article guaranteed to upset universal pre-school fans in Kentucky. The authors cite a number of studies and datasets that indicate universal preschool is far more controversial than we have been hearing in Kentucky. At issue is whether very young children from supportive homes really benefit, or might even be disrupted in development, by preschool versus home nurturing. Considering where this article was published, it certainly needs to be part of the discussion.