Institute joins groups across spectrum opposing proposal to place public business on private devices outside open records reach

For Immediate Release: Monday, March 26, 2018 Groups and media organizations across the political spectrum were alarmed when, as the Bluegrass Institute Center for Open Government reported,  House Bill 302 was changed to reclassify government business done on private devices and accounts as outside the reach of the open records law. As a result, the…

Kentucky legislators have an opportunity to be a hero to their taxpayers by supporting scholarship state tax credits

An Open Letter to Kentucky Legislators from the Bluegrass Institute: Dear Legislators, Twenty years ago, a group of community leaders met and wondered how they could make the biggest difference in poor children’s lives in the inner city of Louisville. Their passion resulted in School Choice Scholarships and was based on the founders’ vision that children…

BIPPS on ‘Ky Tonight’: Is Bevin’s proposed budget anti-education?

Is Gov. Matt Bevin’s two-year budget proposal with its 70 suggested program cuts, including slashing funding for a teachers’ professional-development project, really anti-education or could some of these programs be provided in a more efficient and effective manner? And how much do these programs affect the education of children in the classroom? These questions and…

Kentucky publisher praises Medicaid waiver

The Trump administration’s decision to make Kentucky the first step to receive approval for its 1115 Medicaid waiver request, which includes Gov. Bevin’s requirement that able-bodied adults added to the Medicaid rolls as part of the Obamacare-induced expansion work or volunteer in order to receive benefits, receives praise in a recent column by Jobe Publishing’s president and CEO Jeff…

On the air: Bluegrass Institute Pension Reform Team director on ‘Kentucky Tonight’…tonight!

Join Bluegrass Institute Pension Reform Team director Dr. William Smith on KET’s Kentucky Tonight at 8 p.m. … tonight! Smith joins host Renee Shaw and a panel of guests discussing Frankfort’s latest proposal to fix Kentucky’s worst-in-the-nation pension crisis. Also appearing will be Stephanie Winkler, president of the Kentucky Education Association; Dave Adkisson, president and chief executive officer of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce;…

Fixing pension problem requires all hands — including those of beneficiaries — on deck to insure ‘this never happens again’

Bluegrass Institute Pension Reform Team and board member Aaron Ammerman pointed out in his letter in today’s Lexington Herald-Leader: “Paying off the unfunded liability and honoring benefits that have already been earned by state workers will be an extraordinary effort, considering funding also needs to be found for essential state services such as education, health care and infrastructure.”…

Boone County educators hit for violations of school council (SBDM) laws

But, the SBDM problems run much deeper If you looked at our video coverage of the testimony about School Based Decision Making (SBDM) from Monday’s meeting of the Kentucky Legislature’s Interim Joint Education Committee, you are aware that educators in the Boone County Public School District, one of the state’s more highly regarded school systems,…

Legislative committee discusses Kentucky’s school councils – Boone Co. Board Chair Ed Massey

Since at least the mid-1990s, Kentucky’s public schools have used a unique method of school governance built around the concept of School Based Decision Making (SBDM). This concept provides an amazing amount of power to a council located at each school to direct many important matters such as selection of curriculum, finally determining how the…

Legislative committee discusses Kentucky’s school councils – Bluegrass Institute President Jim Waters

Since at least the mid-1990s, Kentucky’s public schools have used a unique method of school governance built around the concept of School Based Decision Making (SBDM). This concept provides an amazing amount of power to a council located at each school to direct many important matters such as selection of curriculum, finally determining how the…