Kentucky should observe National School Choice Week with bold thinking

Just in time for National School Choice Week, a new national poll finds that more than two-thirds of Americans favor school choice and bold reforms. Hopefully, Kentucky lawmakers are listening. The American Federation for Children’s Fifth Annual School Choice Survey polled 1,200 likely 2020 voters and found 67 percent of respondents support the concept of…

When will Kentucky be able to truly celebrate National School Choice Week?

Among those activities will be a week-long series of Bluegrass Institute policy blogs, op-eds and media appearances centering on the theme: Kentucky needs school choice because it works to provide more options for families and opportunities for children. It’s National School Choice Week, which recognizes the importance and celebrating the effectiveness of empowering parents and…

Bluegrass Beacon: Charter opponents don’t have New Orleans to kick around anymore

Editor’s note: The Bluegrass Beacon is a weekly syndicated statewide newspaper column posted on the Bluegrass Institute’s website after being released to and published by newspapers statewide. Following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, state education leaders in Louisiana decided to take over and rebuild the shattered New Orleans public school infrastructure using charter…

Kentucky legislators have an opportunity to be a hero to their taxpayers by supporting scholarship state tax credits

An Open Letter to Kentucky Legislators from the Bluegrass Institute: Dear Legislators, Twenty years ago, a group of community leaders met and wondered how they could make the biggest difference in poor children’s lives in the inner city of Louisville. Their passion resulted in School Choice Scholarships and was based on the founders’ vision that children…

Kentucky Can’t Wait 100+ Years to Improve Our Schools

A new Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions report released last week questions the lack of research and effectiveness of School Based Decision Making (SBDM) councils put in place over 25 years ago by the Kentucky Education Reform Act. Kentucky Can’t Wait 100+ Years for Our Schools to Improve provides top line data from the report:  

Bluegrass Beacon – Education’s holy grail: Achievement, not racial quotas

Editor’s note: The Bluegrass Beacon is a weekly syndicated statewide newspaper column posted on the Bluegrass Institute website after being released to and published by newspapers statewide. “All I want for Christmas is for Republicans to act like Republicans,” I recently wrote on Facebook. Responders aren’t optimistic. “LOL Jim Waters … I’ll bet you still…