Quote of the Day – Bad Teaching Is Tearing America Apart

“Mr. Hirsch also takes issue with grade schools’ focus on ‘skills.’ Whether it is imparting ‘critical thinking skills,’ ‘communication skills’ or ‘problem-solving skills,’ he says such instruction is a waste of time in the absence of specific knowledge.” Quote from “Bad Teaching Is Tearing America Apart” by Naomi Schaefer Riley in the Wall Street Journal,…

Preparation to teach reading for Kentucky’s elementary teachers is weak

We’ve talked before about data from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) regarding the quality of reading preparation programs in Kentucky. But, some new information has now caught our attention that adds more concerns that the Bluegrass State isn’t doing a good job of preparing elementary school teachers to teach this critical subject. Per…

Budget balancing reality check: A look behind the curtain for Kentucky’s taxpayers

The rhetoric surrounding budget reductions in Kentucky never reflects reality. Our friends at the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy predicted in April the cuts to state government due to the COVID-19 shutdown of the economy would be “otherworldly.” To be fair, their prediction was based on a worst-case scenario published by the Office of the…

Former KY Board of Education member says state’s social studies standards need work

In a rather stunning development, former member of the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) Gary Houchens, who also is a Bluegrass Institute Scholar, now agrees that: “Kentucky’s social studies standards need more work.” What makes this particularly attention-getting is that Houchens – a professor in the education school at Western Kentucky University with a background…

Unmask COVID-19 funding for states

Mainstream media publications are hammering fiscally conservative groups opposed to wasteful spending of tax dollars for accepting temporary financial help in the form of a publicly funded Paycheck Protection Program loan to counter COVID-19 shutdowns. But will those same entities keep their moral-outrage thermostats turned wide open when it comes to leftist politicians seeking to…

Center for Open Government: Delayed release of responsive documents further undermines confidence in MCO procurement

The Finance Cabinet was quick with their response to the Center for Open Government’s request for documents submitted as a follow up to our August 3rd post. We requested the following: All individual notes and individual scoresheets created by Evaluation Committee members between the dates of 1/10/20 and 5/29/20 for RFP 758 2000000202 Medicaid Managed…

Center for Open Government: MCO consultant not part of Molina’s original bid

A review by the Center for Open Government of the first proposal submitted by Molina Healthcare in response to Kentucky’s $8 billion solicitation for Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs) reveals consultant Emily Parento  was retained by Molina only after Andy Beshear was elected Governor and had appointed Parento to his health care transition team. The Beshear administration…

Quote of the Day – Kentucky teachers – kind of novices with virtual instruction

Union head says so “Brent McKim, president of the Jefferson County Teachers’ Association, pointed out that aside from the experience they gained in the spring, most teachers in the Commonwealth are ‘kind of novice’ at virtual instruction.” Quote from Kentucky Department of Education Advisory 20-245 (not yet online – will update with link when available)…