Legislative committee discusses Kentucky’s school councils – Superintendent Randy Poe

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 – Senator John Schickel

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…

Bensenhaver’s work recognized

Today, the State Journal recognized Amye Bensenhaver’s work on government transparency. In an editorial article, the Journal commended the director of the Center for Open Government on her proposals for “much-needed modernization and strengthening of sunshine laws.” Praising Bensenhaver, the State Journal affirmed her credibility: “No one in Kentucky is more thoroughly versed on the…

Ambiguity allows officials to use tech toys, dodge sunshine laws

Bluegrass Institute Center for Open Government Director Amye Bensenhaver and President and CEO Jim Waters joined Kruser and Krew on Lexington’s NewsTalk 590 WVLK-AM  this week for a segment on Bensenhaver’s report. Sunshine laws, Bensenhaver told the afternoon radio audience, are laws that “guarantee the public’s right of access to open records…and open meetings.” The state…

Brookings Institution catching on: there is a real problem with falling employment rates

We have written before about the obvious problem with the nation’s falling employment rates. These rates, unlike the unemployment rates, are not jimmied when job seekers lose hope and just stop looking for work. And, as we have written several times, including here and here, the employment data, technically called the “Labor Force Participation Rate,”…

Bluegrass Beacon: Set the table for a school-choice buffet

President Donald Trump’s administration is taking some cues from the productive Kentucky Legislature. After a frenetic first week of the 2017 session of the Kentucky General Assembly during which seven bills were passed, the new Trump administration offered a proportional amount of accomplishment during its first five days in the White House. Trump took 15…