Bluegrass Beacon: Politically inconvenient facts about Ky’s economic comeback

Gov. Steve Beshear’s recent victory lap touted an $82.5 million deposit of what he calls “surplus” funds into Kentucky’s “rainy day fund.” Beshear claims it’s a “sign of a healthy economy” and attacks his critics who “keep running their mouths about how bad things are,” reports WHAS-TV’s Joe Arnold. However, I’m concerned that Kentuckians who…

Kentucky Tonight Follow-Up – How do Kentucky’s taxpayers really perform for education?

I was pleased to participate in a recent Kentucky Tonight broadcast on KET along with Kentucky Senator Mike Wilson, Kentucky Representative Derrick Graham, incumbent head of the Prichard Committee Brigitte Blom Ramsey and guest show host Renee Shaw (show online here). We had a lively discussion about many education issues that are likely to come…

Kentucky Tonight Follow-Up – What’s the real story on Kentucky’s College and Career Readiness?

I was pleased to participate in Monday’s Kentucky Tonight broadcast on KET along with Kentucky Senator Mike Wilson, Kentucky Representative Derrick Graham, incumbent head of the Prichard Committee Brigitte Blom Ramsey and guest show host Renee Shaw (show online here). We had a lively discussion about many education issues that are likely to come up…

Innes to appear on Kentucky Tonight Monday

Richard Innes, the Bluegrass Institute’s staff education analyst, is scheduled to appear Monday, June 22, 2015 on KET’s Kentucky Tonight show. Per KET: “Substitute host Renee Shaw and her guests discuss education. Scheduled guests: Representative Derrick Graham, chair of the House Education Committee; Senator Mike Wilson, chair of the Senate Education Committee; Richard Innes, staff…

Kentucky teachers on Common Core problems someone might not want you to hear about

We’ve heard from Frankfort (and even the Wall Street Journal) that Kentucky’s teachers are not speaking out much about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) problems. Well, maybe we are not hearing about our teachers’ issues because someone doesn’t want us to hear what’s being said. A case in point: take a look at this…

Test publisher monitoring social media to catch kids in test compromises!

The Washington Post’s education blogger reports that Pearson publishing is actively looking through social media, looking for what it considers to be compromises of its tests. Information in the Post’s blog indicates students are being disciplined for commenting in the web about the PARCC tests that Pearson creates. There could be a Kentucky connection with…

Liberty’s boosters & busters, courtesy of the Kentucky Legislature

Editor’s note: Since this Bluegrass Beacon column originally was sent to newspapers, telecom reform passed both the House and Senate and presently awaits the governor’s signature. This edition of “Liberty Boosters and Busters” comes your way courtesy of the 2015 session of the Kentucky General Assembly. A “Liberty Booster” is a policymaker who offers an…