News Release: Kentucky Pastors Coalition endorses ‘School Choice Now Act’

For Immediate Release: August 14, 2020 (LOUISVILLE, Ky.) – – The Kentucky Pastors in Action Coalition (KPAC), a faith-driven alliance of Black pastors dedicated to being the voice for raising the quality of education in Kentucky, have endorsed the School Choice Now Act recently introduced in the United States Senate. The legislation would give families…

Taking liberty to the airwaves: BIPPS CEO talks closings, school choice

Bluegrass Institute President and CEO Jim Waters appeared Tuesday morning on the Brian Thomas Show on Cincinnati’s 55KRC, where he discussed Gov. Andy Beshear’s recent executive orders regarding bars and schools. Listen to the interview here. Jim used the opportunity to push for giving parents more choices regarding where to educate their children and called on…

COVID-19 crisis: A terrible thing to waste

Cookie-cutter online learning programs offered by Kentucky school districts during the COVID-19 shutdown in the spring failed to attract thousands of students and fell short in keeping multitudes of others engaged. Online participation among students in Fayette County Public Schools, Kentucky’s second-largest district, dropped from 85% to 58% between the first and eighth weeks, according…

Bluegrass Institute President and CEO Jim Waters comments on reopening Kentucky public schools

Regarding reopening during the COVID-19 environment, school districts face huge questions and will be forced to make incredibly complex decisions with less-than-fully-clear guidance based on limited data. A new 125-page report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine warns that “limited evidence about the relative effectiveness” of various mitigation strategies “makes it difficult…

Court affirms small program, fuels national movement

After the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that Montana cannot keep parents from using tax-credit scholarships to enroll children in religious schools, anti-school-choice opponents responded in apocalyptic fashion. Justice Sonia Sotomayor branded the ruling “perverse” while teachers’-union darling Diane Ravitch lamented about how “the future of public education hangs in the balance.” All this over…

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…