Actuaries confirm what BIPPS predicted: Pension systems ‘simply unsustainable’

The Courier-Journal reports that most of Kentucky’s public pension funds continue to decline, and are — as the Bluegrass Institute has already reported — simply unsustainable in their current forms. According to actuaries, pension benefits for members of the Kentucky Employees Retirement System’s non-hazardous retirement plan are only 27.3 percent funded this year, compared with…

Breathitt County School District headed for state takeover?

The goings-on in Breathitt County’s school system sound like something out of a horribly unbelievable soap opera. Except, this story is no fabrication. Former superintendent Arch Turner was recently sentenced to two years in prison and a $250,000 fine for vote buying in a serious case that eventually involved the FBI. Charges were also filed…

The ‘GAP-ing’ hole in ‘Unbridled Learning’

Without question, a gaping hole exists in Kentucky’s new school accountability program, known as “Unbridled Learning.” That deficiency – failure of Unbridled Learning to properly identify and account for sometimes enormous achievement gaps between white and black students in the state’s new Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) test results. Bluegrass Institute president Jim…

Auditor’s office helps move transparency in the right direction

This week, Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen made great strides toward promoting transparency in Kentucky. From the press release: Auditor Adam Edelen today unveiled a public database and accompanying report that shine new light on special districts, a $2.7 billion layer of government in the Commonwealth that has operated in the shadows for decades. The auditor’s…

K-PREP and Unbridled Learning school testing and evaluation are here, but what does this mean? # 10

K-PREP science at all school levels As we discussed in an earlier blog about the new Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests in social studies, we also find disturbing evidence that the new K-PREP science assessments for elementary and middle schools are nothing more than warmed over CATS Kentucky Core Content Tests (KCCT).…