Scholarship tax credit bills filed

BIPPS joined school choice supporters yesterday in the Capitol rotunda to rally for educational freedom. Later in the afternoon, House Majority Whip Rep. Chad McCoy of Nelson County filed HB 350, a bill that would allow taxpayers to receive partial tax credits when they donate to nonprofits that provide school scholarships to low-income students. The House…

Something really wrong with the Kentucky Board of Education/Department of Education’s survey to find out what the public wants in a new education commissioner

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), with knowledge of the dubiously reformed Kentucky Board of Education, is running an online survey supposedly to find out what the public thinks will be important qualities in the new education commissioner. But, just like earlier SurveyMonkeys the department ran during the reviews of various academic area education standards,…

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…

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…