Bluegrass Beacon: Ring education’s liberty bell in Kentucky, too

Opponents of giving Kentucky parents more alternatives when it comes to educating their children want to distract families and taxpayers and the lawmakers who represent them from the true success being achieved by public charter schools and tax-credit scholarships in some of the nation’s most challenging educational environments. The fact that national test results show…

Bluegrass Beacon: Don’t force taxpayers to finance failing projects

Why should taxpayers be forced to fund or finance projects the private sector doesn’t consider worth the risk? A “For Sale” sign has hung around Louisville’s Jewish Hospital – a mega-money-losing operation for years. Private investors – even of the hedge-fund variety – refuse to accept the risk of taking on KentuckyOne Health’s various properties…

Bluegrass Beacon: Drama of disruptive protests exacerbates testing woes

Ample evidence provided by the latest test scores assessing Kentucky’s academic performance during the 2018-19 school year suggests too many of our students struggled academically and that the drama and disruption caused by teachers’ illegal strikes and school shutdowns exacerbated the problems. The percentage of students in both Kentucky’s middle and high schools who demonstrated…

Bluegrass Beacon – Lacking: Transparency and judicial good sense

A lack of transparency and judicial good sense provide this edition of “Liberty Boosters and Busters.” Liberty Booster: Kentucky Auditor Mike Harmon, who released an audit confirming a culture of secrecy continues to exist within the commonwealth’s two largest public-retirement systems more than two years after the General Assembly unanimously passed legislation requiring the major…