Revisit history standards, lack of school choice

After decades of debate, Jefferson Davis’ statue has left the Capitol Rotunda, headed for the national historic site commemorating the slavery-supporting Confederate president’s birthplace. Davis claimed that “African slavery, as it exists in the United States, is a moral, social and a political blessing.” His life and views stand in stark contrast to the values…

Current environment provides opportunity to advance school choice

Editor’s note: The Bluegrass Beacon is a weekly syndicated newspaper column posted on the Bluegrass Institute’s website after being published by newspapers statewide. The following column was originally released on June 11, 2020.   “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity,” Albert Einstein said. Whether we see – and seize – the available opportunities during…

Bluegrass Beacon: Ky. should ride Trump’s coattails to school-choice victory

Republican legislators representing rural districts across Kentucky who want to support school choice but fear possible backlash from bureaucrats who run local schools back home received some stout political cover from President Trump in his State of the Union speech last month. While calling on Congress to pass legislation creating federal tax-credit scholarships, Trump noted…

Pastors in a state with supports for private school choice like the program

Opponents of scholarship tax credits as a way to provide more school choice options would like Kentuckians to believe that pastors are against the proposal. Currently, those opponents are trying to torpedo House Bill 350, which would finally give Kentuckians more school choice options. A group of pastors, size unknown, supposedly supports killing HB-350. Well,…

Educational opportunities not about partisanship

“There shouldn’t be a Republican or Democratic designation attached to educational opportunities here in the commonwealth of Kentucky. For the sake of our children, we must all embrace the idea that regardless of background, beliefs, wealth or race, Kentucky children should have access to an education that meets their needs.” —Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron…

Scholarship program offers the right kind of tax credit

Isn’t it an interesting phenomenon how leftwing political degenerates care little about spending until the proposed program offers a piece that doesn’t fit their philosophical puzzle? Take the huffing and puffing by opponents of encouraging individuals and businesses to donate to a modest program that would turn those dollars into scholarships for Kentucky parents who…