The inconsistency in the state board of education’s ill-advised termination of its finance committee

I wrote on January 17, 2020 about a really bad action by the dubiously reconstituted Kentucky Board of Education (KBE), which just terminated its Finance Committee last week. As I pointed out in that blog, the terminated committee was engaged in some extremely important and badly-needed technical work to improve the currently very troubled state…

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…

Improved education financial transparency now at risk thanks to new state board’s decision

The questionably reconstituted Kentucky Board of Education isn’t wasting much time putting to waste one of the more important efforts of the board that was improperly replaced. Multiple reporters Tweeted out from the new board’s meeting today that the Finance Committee initiated by the ousted board is being disbanded. That’s a huge mistake. There are…

Bill to return rationality to governance of Kentucky’s schools filed

Senate Bill 7, an act relating to school councils, has been filed in the Kentucky Legislature by Kentucky State Senator John Schickel and nine other leading senators. The bill will make some badly needed revisions to Kentucky’s highly problematic School Based Decision Making (SBDM) system for governing the state’s public schools. Some of these major…

If we want to increase teacher pay, we need to consider the high amount of non-teacher staffing in Kentucky

The brand-new Digest of Education Statistics 2018 just rolled off the press, and Table 213.40 in that publication allows me to update one of BIPPS’ longest-running education statistics – the comparison of the teachers to other staff ratio in Kentucky’s public schools to the ratios in the other 49 states and the District of Columbia.…