Curing the winter doldrums: a week-long celebration of sunshine

  Sunday, March 11, marks the first day of Sunshine Week 2018. Each year since 2005, when the week-long event was inaugurated by the  American Society of News Editors, the media, government watchdogs and ordinary citizens have celebrated the importance and impact of open government. The celebration takes various forms across the country — including…

Bluegrass Institute statement regarding House Bill 216

Bluegrass Institute president and CEO Jim Waters made the following comments at a recent meeting of the Kentucky House of Representatives’ State Government Committee opposing a proposed amendment in House Bill 216 which would exempt certain aspects of built-to-suit selection committees from requirements of Kentucky’s open meetings and records laws, including the identity of committee…

Kentucky legislators have an opportunity to be a hero to their taxpayers by supporting scholarship state tax credits

An Open Letter to Kentucky Legislators from the Bluegrass Institute: Dear Legislators, Twenty years ago, a group of community leaders met and wondered how they could make the biggest difference in poor children’s lives in the inner city of Louisville. Their passion resulted in School Choice Scholarships and was based on the founders’ vision that children…

Public protection, professional licensee misconduct, and private admonishments: why we opposed HB 465, Section 11

The Bluegrass Institute Center for Open Government opposes Section 11, Subsection 6 of HB 465, an act “establishing and creating various sections of KRS Chapter 308, relating to Public Protection Cabinet oversight of state occupational boards,” which will authorize professional licensure boards to impose secret disciplinary action consisting of a “private letter of admonishment. .…

There always seems to be “The rest of the story” with Kentucky education

Regarding claims about Kentucky’s NAEP Reading progress The Late Paul Harvey was a master at giving us “The rest of the story,” and we at BIPPS find ourselves continuing the tradition of filling in important, missing information in comments from others. Our newest case in point just chirped up in Twitter, where the Kentucky Department…