Denying charter schools ‘a form of institutional racism’

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. U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visited inner-city Louisville recently, bringing a declaration sure to refire Kentucky’s charter-school movement. DeVos announced the federal Department of Education will no longer prohibit religiously affiliated public…

‘Clear and convincing’ missing from proposed amendments on Kentucky’s ballot

Former Nebraska Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson once spoke of amending the U.S. Constitution as “a delicate endeavor and should be done only on the basis of the most clear and convincing evidence that a proposed amendment is necessary.” Neither “clear” nor “convincing” describes the first amendment known as “Marsy’s Law” on this year’s Kentucky ballot…

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…

Return to bustling economy rather than turning to D.C.

It’s not a coincidence that the same folks who wrongly predicted Kentucky would face a half-billion dollar budget shortfall at the end of the fiscal year on June 30 continue to pitch a gloom-and-doom scenario to pressure Congress to spend $1 trillion to bail out states. Rocky Adkins, Gov. Andy Beshear’s senior adviser, in a…

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…