Exit Interview with Billy Harper: Part One

The Bluegrass Institute recently sat down to talk about public education in Kentucky with Billy Harper, who is president of Harper Industries, a Paducah-based construction company. Harper has a long record of involvement in education in the Bluegrass State. He recently completed a four-year term on the Kentucky Board of Education, which develops policy and…

BIPPS education analyst Richard Innes to appear on Kentucky Tonight show

The Bluegrass Institute’s staff education analyst Richard Innes will appear on KET’s “Kentucky Tonight” show on Monday, January 28, 2013 to discuss proposed legislation to raise the minimum high school dropout age in Kentucky to 18. Show host Bill Goodman’s other guests are scheduled to include: State Sen. Mike Wilson, R-Bowling Green, chair of the…

The Price of Poverty in Kentucky

This past Monday, Dr. Eric Schansberg – economics professor at Indiana University Southeast and member of the Bluegrass Institute board of scholars – was interviewed on KET’s Kentucky Tonight program by Bill Goodman. Attica Scott, District 1 representative on Louisville Metro Council, and Terry Brooks of Kentucky Youth Advocates were also guests on the show. Watch…

Kentucky’s colleges training too many elementary school teachers

Education Week just published an article about states where the college system is producing too many elementary school teachers for the available jobs (subscription?). Kentucky is an over-producer. Per EdWeek, Kentucky has a demand for 730 new elementary school teachers but the supply from colleges is 1,275. That means 545 Kentucky college graduates won’t have…