Teachers union keeps replaying a 3-years-old, broken record

Some of Kentucky’s public schools – especially some in Louisville – perform so poorly that education commissioner Terry Holliday told the Kentucky Senate’s Education Committee today that he doesn’t think the situation “could get any worse.” Holliday told the committee he wants to add public charter schools to the mix of tools he has to…

Bill would let Kentucky school districts buy health insurance for school board members

I’m having trouble wrapping my mind around the thinking in House Bill 283. This bill would allow locally elected school board members join the health care plan their school district offers to employees at taxpayer expense. That is problematic. For one thing, local school board members are not full time – or even part time…

Victory Alert: Pension transparency legislation finally lands in Frankfort!

Public pension transparency legislation finally lands in Frankfort Legislation filed by Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Taylor Mill, requires the state’s public pension systems to finally open their books. Currently, information specific to individual Kentucky Retirement System members, including names and actual or projected payments, are confidential. The proposed policy in SB 57 would require the public…

Calling fouls on sour sweetheart deals and secret Senate meetings

By Jim Waters Though there always are those fighting for – and against – liberty throughout Kentucky, these two candidates finish on top of the latest edition of the Bluegrass Beacon’s “Liberty Lovers and Losers.” Liberty Lover: Louisville entrepreneur Denis Frankenberger While downtown Louisville’s KFC Yum! Center is popular with sports fans who pile in…

State school board told most low-performing schools not turning around

The subject of Kentucky’s Persistently Low-Achieving Schools (PLAs) – which have been euphemistically renamed “Priority Schools” – came up in yesterday’s meeting of the Kentucky Board of Education. I am still sifting through a large amount of information that was presented, but the overall summation of this expensive program is disappointing. Kentucky Department of Education…