Bluegrass Beacon: Pension contract inviolable, not inflexible

Legislators campaigning to hold on to their seats may be jittery about dealing with controversial pension reform, but the problems plaguing the state’s retirement systems don’t hibernate just because there’s an election. Despite record amounts of funding in recent years, the ailing Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) is saddled with $14.5 billion worth of liabilities, remains…

Bluegrass Beacon: Will Beshear consider ‘common goals’ of non-teaching taxpayers?

Editor’s note: The Bluegrass Beacon is a weekly syndicated newspaper column posted on the Bluegrass Institute’s website after being released to and published by newspapers statewide. The following column is an updated version of a recent column published by newspapers statewide. Governor Andy Beshear and First Lady Britainy Beshear held a poster contest as part…

Bluegrass Beacon: School-choice opponents’ hypocrisy unmasked

What’s good is that school-choice policy dominated much of the closing days of this year’s gubernatorial campaign. It’s a critical issue for Kentucky, which trails most other states when it comes to school-choice policies for parents. What’s not good is that Gov.-elect Andy Beshear seems just fine with supporting organizations and policies that oppose giving…

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: 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…