Education Secretary called out over inflated claims about sequestration

As Education Week points out, US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has long been considered an asset for the Obama Administration. But, Duncan made some incorrect claims recently about the impacts of the pending fiscal sequestration on education around the country, and he is being called out about it – NOT by Republicans, but the…

House committee weakens already-anemic Senate pension bill

Taxpayers should be outraged that the House State Government Committee extracted what few teeth exists in Senate Bill 2, which largely is a bill designed to offer the illusion of politicians taking meaningful action on Kentucky’s public pension crisis. Today, the committee voted to approve a watered-down version of the bill that fails even to…

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…