Dubious Assertion in Next Generation Science Standards

The Kentucky Board of Education voted yesterday to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards for use in Kentucky’s public schools without even questioning this particularly problematic part of the package (which was brought to the attention of several board members before the meeting): ESS3.D: Global Climate Change • Human activities, such as the release of…

News Alert: Forty organizations join together for National Employee Freedom Week, remind workers of their options regarding union membership

Bluegrass Institute joins groups in 30 states in national campaign to promote employee freedom (Lexington, KY )– Today, the Bluegrass Institute announced its participation in National Employee Freedom Week, a first-of-its-kind national campaign to remind union members about the freedom they have to leave their unions. National Employee Freedom Week (NEFW) is June 23-29 and will highlight how…

Jefferson County Teachers’ contract negotiations have started, Part 1

There is no shortage of discussion about this highly restrictive contract I ran into Donna Hargens, the superintendent of the Jefferson County Public School District at yesterday’s meeting of the Kentucky Board of Education. I wished her well as she starts what could be the most important teacher’s contract negotiation in Jefferson County Schools’ history.…

Michigan delays Common Core State Standards implementation

Meanwhile, Kentucky Board of Education reaffirms commitment to Common Core National Review on Line is reporting that “Michigan Delays Common Core Implementation.” So, Michigan has joined Pennsylvania and Indiana in placing holds on their Common Core adoption processes. I am also seeing reports that Wisconsin is getting ready to place some sort of restrictions on…

Kentucky’s economic competitiveness goes nowhere, according to ALEC-Laffer

Last week, the American Legislative Exchange Council and Arthur Laffer, Ph.D. released the sixth edition of “Rich States, Poor States,” a report which analyzes the economic competitiveness among the states on two fronts: economic performance and economic outlook. Unfortunately for Kentuckians, the commonwealth’s economic outlook remains relatively unchanged from last year’s report, near the bottom…