Bluegrass Beacon – Lacking: Transparency and judicial good sense

A lack of transparency and judicial good sense provide this edition of “Liberty Boosters and Busters.” Liberty Booster: Kentucky Auditor Mike Harmon, who released an audit confirming a culture of secrecy continues to exist within the commonwealth’s two largest public-retirement systems more than two years after the General Assembly unanimously passed legislation requiring the major…

A comparison of how Kentucky’s KPREP school assessment grading stacks up to other states

The U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences under the National Center for Education Statistics just posted an interesting study titled “Mapping State Proficiency Standards Onto the NAEP Scales: Results From the 2017 NAEP Reading and Mathematics Assessments.” Essentially, this study uses the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) as a ruler to allow…

Prescription-drug policy: Don’t give the FDA power over standards for biosimilar medicine

While Kentucky Senator and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s proposal to raise the legal age of purchasing tobacco has received a large share of attention regarding the suite of healthcare proposals currently being considered in the U.S. Senate, other issues affecting cost and access to health care – including for prescription drugs – must be carefully…