News Release: Bluegrass Institute applauds Kentucky Senate for strong support of reforms to school councils

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) – The Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, the commonwealth’s first and only free-market think tank, applauds the Kentucky Senate for today’s passage of legislation which will make long-overdue changes in the way public schools are governed. Senate Bill 3, sponsored by Sen. John Shickel, R-Union, brings greater equity to school-based decision making (SBDM)…

Upcoming legislative session likely to examine several Bluegrass Institute interests in education

With the 2019 session of the Kentucky Legislature opening soon, reporters around the state are commenting on likely items of consideration, and several Bluegrass Institute education-interest areas are on those lists. Within the past few days, the Bowling Green Daily News issued “State board of education will push for more power for administrators” and the…

So, what are my concerns about Kentucky’s draft social studies standards?

During the Kentucky Board of Education meeting today, board member Gary Houchens (a Bluegrass Institute Board of Scholars member, BTW) mentioned that I have concerns about the draft social studies standards revision the board is considering. Since he made that public, I think our readers deserve to see my observations paper, too. Click here to…

Education action on high school diploma quality moves forward, but slowly

The Kentucky Board of Education met today and a number of important items were on the agenda. Action was taken on a final version of a much-revised set of minimum high school graduation requirements. These have been steadily watered down as various education interests have pointed to supposed problems with earlier, notably more rigorous versions…

Can it be even the Kentucky’s Legislature doesn’t value state’s high school diplomas – More information

I wrote earlier that the Herald-Leader reported a few days ago that Kentucky now requires candidates to produce a high school transcript proving completion of the 12th grade to be shown to county clerks when registering to run for a local school board position. The Herald-Leader says nothing about a high school diploma being acceptable.…

Can It be Even Kentucky’s Legislature Doesn’t Value State’s High School Diplomas?

The Herald-Leader reported a few days ago that Kentucky now requires candidates to produce a high school transcript proving completion of the 12th grade to be shown to county clerks when registering to run for a local school board position. The Herald-Leader says nothing about a high school diploma being acceptable. The article says only…

Getting it exactly backwards on GPAs versus ACT test scores and what it should take to graduate high school

The Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA) just posted their comments on a proposed set of changes to the Kentucky high school graduation requirements. In their comments, the KSBA takes issue with the planned use of the ACT college entrance test results as one of a number of ways that Kentucky’s students can show they meet…

More on yesterday’s hearing about SBDM in Kentucky

As we mentioned earlier, Jim Waters, the CEO of the Bluegrass Institute, was among those who testified yesterday to the Kentucky Legislature’s Interim Joint Committee on Education about problems with Kentucky’s very unique approach to public school governance know as School Based Decision Making (SBDM) (You can access the KET video of the entire hearing…

Legislature holds hearing on School Based Decision Making (SBDM) in Kentucky

Jim Waters testifies for BIPPS KET captured today’s meeting of the Kentucky Legislature’s Interim Joint Committee on Education, which held a hearing today on the condition of SBDM in the state. You can access the video here. Jim Waters, the CEO of the Bluegrass Institute, begins his comments at about 16 minutes and 30 seconds…