News Release: Kentucky Pastors Coalition endorses ‘School Choice Now Act’

For Immediate Release: August 14, 2020 (LOUISVILLE, Ky.) – – The Kentucky Pastors in Action Coalition (KPAC), a faith-driven alliance of Black pastors dedicated to being the voice for raising the quality of education in Kentucky, have endorsed the School Choice Now Act recently introduced in the United States Senate. The legislation would give families…

Bluegrass Institute President and CEO Jim Waters comments on reopening Kentucky public schools

Regarding reopening during the COVID-19 environment, school districts face huge questions and will be forced to make incredibly complex decisions with less-than-fully-clear guidance based on limited data. A new 125-page report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine warns that “limited evidence about the relative effectiveness” of various mitigation strategies “makes it difficult…

Media Alert – Beshear should practice his own ‘better together’ mantra: Replace unilateral edicts with legislative collaboration

For Immediate Release: Friday, July 20,2020 (FRANKFORT, Ky.) – The Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, Kentucky’s first and only free-market think tank, urges the legislature to act in limiting the power of executive orders issued by governors in declared states of emergency. The mandatory mask order issued by Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday which…

Op-ed: School choice better than decades-old failed KERA, busing policies

The ultimate goals of both the decades-old Jefferson County Public Schools’ (JCPS) busing plan and Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA) were similar: improve the academic performance all students, especially that of traditionally disadvantaged kids like racial minorities and those in poverty. Yet, a new Bluegrass Institute report shows the goals remain disturbingly far from being…

MEDIA ALERT:  Residents should sign petition, put JCPS tax hike on November ballot

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, June 10, 2020    (LOUISVILLE, Ky.) – The Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, Kentucky’s first and only free-market think tank, urges all Jefferson County residents to sign the petition recalling a proposed property tax increase approved recently by the county’s school board and to demand the district reduce wasteful spending…

MEDIA ALERT: Bluegrass Institute report indicates growing racial academic, graduation gaps in JCPS

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, June 9, 2020 (LOUISVILLE, Ky.) – A new report by the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, Kentucky’s first and only free-market think tank, indicates a continuing – and disturbing – failure by the Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) to close its decades-long – and growing – graduation and academic-achievement gaps between…

MEDIA ALERT: Former Deputy State Budget and Policy Director joins Bluegrass Institute team as Visiting Fellow

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, May 19, 2020 (FRANKFORT, Ky.) – The Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions announced today that former Deputy State Budget and Policy Director Andrew V. McNeill will join the institute as a Visiting Policy Fellow focused on Kentucky’s budget, revenue and spending in the current COVID-19 environment. “There’s going to be…

Sarah Durand’s testimony on U of L bail out of Jewish Hospital

Yesterday, Government Affairs Director Sarah Durand testified before the KY State Senate Education Committee against bonding $35 million for the University of Louisville Hospital to buy out failing Jewish Hospital. Here is a transcript of Durand’s comments: The Bluegrass Institute understands that this deal was crafted with leadership long before the legislative session began. And,…

MEDIA ALERT: Bluegrass Institute supports ousted Board of Education members’ call for legislative reform of governor’s power

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 Contact: Dr. Gary Houchens (270) 799-9081 or Jim Waters (270) 320-4376 (FRANKFORT, Ky.) – The Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, Kentucky’s free-market think tank, strongly supports today’s statement by former Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) members urging legislators to create a “modest but meaningful buffer” protecting our…

MEDIA ALERT: Ousted Kentucky Board of Education members partner with the Bluegrass Institute in lawsuit against Gov. Beshear

For Immediate Release: Friday, January 17, 2020 Contact: Dr. Gary Houchens (270) 799-9081 or Jim Waters (270) 320-4376 (FRANKFORT, Ky.) – Today members of the Kentucky Board of Education who were illegally removed from office by an executive order from Gov. Andy Beshear announced a new partnership with the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, a…