Revisit history standards, lack of school choice

After decades of debate, Jefferson Davis’ statue has left the Capitol Rotunda, headed for the national historic site commemorating the slavery-supporting Confederate president’s birthplace. Davis claimed that “African slavery, as it exists in the United States, is a moral, social and a political blessing.” His life and views stand in stark contrast to the values…

Is Florida’s governor crazy? He’s further increasing school choice in his state while Kentucky’s public school types tell us that kills public education

But, does choice really kill public education – especially for black students? Florida’s governor must know something. A few days ago, he signed a bill to further expand school choices in his state, which already has lots of options for parents such as charter schools and voucher programs. The new bill further expands private school…

Current environment provides opportunity to advance school choice

Editor’s note: The Bluegrass Beacon is a weekly syndicated newspaper column posted on the Bluegrass Institute’s website after being published by newspapers statewide. The following column was originally released on June 11, 2020.   “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity,” Albert Einstein said. Whether we see – and seize – the available opportunities during…

Scourge of financial scandals not limited to charter schools

“The scandals just keep coming,” the Lexington Herald-Leader’s Linda Blackford wrote in a column about charter-school management companies last year. However, Blackford’s outrage seems selective. She attacks scandals caused by some ethically shaky firms entrusted to manage charter schools charged with providing parents looking for options with quality educational alternatives while conveniently ignoring similar financial…

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…