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…

Bluegrass Beacon: Retrofit Kentucky’s odd, off-year elections

Another of Kentucky’s off-year primary elections, complete with a poor – if somewhat better-than-expected – turnout and the completely unnecessary and wasteful spending of millions of taxpayer dollars, has come and gone. While 45 other states elect governors in even-numbered years when presidential or congressional candidates are on the ballot, Kentucky continues to suffer a…