Legislators must limit scope of emergency executive power

Gov. Andy Beshear’s response to the numerous legal losses he’s suffered regarding his coronavirus-related executive orders is to go court-shopping. After Court of Appeals Judge Glenn Acree refused to overturn rulings by circuit judges in Boone and Scott counties striking down the governor’s recent restrictions on crowds at automobile racetracks and agritourism businesses and class…

Unmask COVID-19 funding for states

Mainstream media publications are hammering fiscally conservative groups opposed to wasteful spending of tax dollars for accepting temporary financial help in the form of a publicly funded Paycheck Protection Program loan to counter COVID-19 shutdowns. But will those same entities keep their moral-outrage thermostats turned wide open when it comes to leftist politicians seeking to…

COVID-19 crisis: A terrible thing to waste

Cookie-cutter online learning programs offered by Kentucky school districts during the COVID-19 shutdown in the spring failed to attract thousands of students and fell short in keeping multitudes of others engaged. Online participation among students in Fayette County Public Schools, Kentucky’s second-largest district, dropped from 85% to 58% between the first and eighth weeks, according…

Court affirms small program, fuels national movement

After the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that Montana cannot keep parents from using tax-credit scholarships to enroll children in religious schools, anti-school-choice opponents responded in apocalyptic fashion. Justice Sonia Sotomayor branded the ruling “perverse” while teachers’-union darling Diane Ravitch lamented about how “the future of public education hangs in the balance.” All this over…

Revisit history standards, lack of school choice

After decades of debate, Jefferson Davis’ statue has left the Capitol Rotunda, headed for the national historic site commemorating the slavery-supporting Confederate president’s birthplace. Davis claimed that “African slavery, as it exists in the United States, is a moral, social and a political blessing.” His life and views stand in stark contrast to the values…

Current environment provides opportunity to advance school choice

Editor’s note: The Bluegrass Beacon is a weekly syndicated newspaper column posted on the Bluegrass Institute’s website after being published by newspapers statewide. The following column was originally released on June 11, 2020.   “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity,” Albert Einstein said. Whether we see – and seize – the available opportunities during…

Scourge of financial scandals not limited to charter schools

“The scandals just keep coming,” the Lexington Herald-Leader’s Linda Blackford wrote in a column about charter-school management companies last year. However, Blackford’s outrage seems selective. She attacks scandals caused by some ethically shaky firms entrusted to manage charter schools charged with providing parents looking for options with quality educational alternatives while conveniently ignoring similar financial…

Higher taxes plus more spending equals deeper hole

“If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging,” Will Rogers advised. That wisdom seems particularly relevant as the big spenders in charge of Congress clamor to deepen the hole of America’s debt with a vote-buying package thinly disguised as another economic-stimulus parcel. Usually, such deepening of holes is accompanied by a lessening of perspective.…