NKAPC stonewalls institute’s open-records request to find out more about bloated agency’s finances

The bloated Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission doesn’t seem overjoyed with the Bluegrass Institute’s request last week to find out more about how it records its finances. An open-records request was filed by Logan Morford, the institute’s vice president of transparency. Lori Remley, NKAPC’s administrative assistant, responded with the generally helpful spirit of your typical…

‘Occupy Public Pension Feeding Troughs’

By Jim Waters “Fairness” apparently becomes hip only when it benefits the “Occupy Wall Street” crowd, which promotes a philosophy of wealth distribution while shunning gainful employment, respect for property and proper hygiene. What if the OWS (Offering Worthless Shenanigans) gang knew about the corporate scam run by teachers’ unions in Kentucky? Included among the…

McCreary Superintendent evaluation includes student achievement

The most recent performance evaluation of the McCreary County Public Schools superintendent includes a section devoted to “student achievement”. This is huge step forward with regards to holding district leadership accountable for poor performance. In the 2010 evaluation, there is no such mention. You can view the 2011 evaluation here. Both of these evaluations were…

JCPS school board admits disappointment in superintendent evaluation

The Bluegrass Institute recently submitted a records request to obtain the most recent (2009-2010) performance evaluation for former Jefferson County Public Schools superintendent Sheldon Berman. You can read/ download this evaluation here. This was a follow up to a previous request that was a part of the investigative report, “Rewarding Failure“. In that report we…

Superintendent performance questions in other states

An excellent South Carolina based transparency site has been asking some great questions about whether school superintendents are “earning their keep”. The premise of the post is that the highest paid superintendents’ districts are performing mediocre at best. The Bluegrass Institute has been monitoring this very issue in Kentucky for a while now. You can…