News Release: ‘Reform SBDM, restore chain-of-command in schools,” BIPPS CEO urges committee

  For Immediate Release: Monday, August 28, 2017 (WILLIAMSBURG, Ky.) — Bluegrass Institute president and CEO Jim Waters urged the Interim Joint Committee on Education to return balance to the process governing Kentucky’s public schools by reexamining the scope, authority and impact of School-Based Decision Making (SBDM) councils. The SBDM policy, implemented as part of…

Adding insult to injury: University of Louisville denies request for emails relating to erasure of former president’s computer

The plot thickens in the ongoing tale of University of Louisville abuses exposed in a forensic audit released in June. The disclosure that the University of Louisville erased former President James Ramsey’s computer – for the purported use of the acting president’s chief aide in an uncharacteristic money saving measure – was one of many…

Practicing what it preaches: House announces closed discussion of pension reform in spite of open meetings mandate

The Lexington-Herald Leader reports that  “all House [of Representative] members will meet Tuesday in closed session at the Capitol to discuss pension reform.” This is not an auspicious beginning to the legislature’s latest effort to address Kentucky’s pension crisis. The reasons are as clear as the law the General Assembly enacted more than forty years…

“What is the harm” when an agency conducts the public’s business privately?

Nearly five years after the Advocate-Messenger issued an open meetings challenge to the Danville Board of Commissioner’s actions in purchasing a building to house its public works department, the Kentucky Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case on August 16, 2017. So much for “proceedings arising under [the judicial enforcement provision of the open…

More from Kentucky’s Office of Education Accountability regarding school attendance

The Kentucky Legislature’s Office of Education Accountability (OEA) presented an interesting report to the Education Assessment and Accountability Review Subcommittee on August 15, 2017 with some really attention getting information. I already discussed one stunning OEA finding that a majority of Kentucky’s public school students meet the legal definition of being truants. Today, I briefly…

The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat: authorities’ handling of open meetings and records disputes yields conflicting results

In a short span of 24 hours Kentucky’s open meetings and open records laws were handed a significant victory and a serious defeat. The thrill of victory: Bluegrass Institute v. Jefferson County Board of Education The victory occurred when the Bluegrass Institute and its Center for Open Government prevailed in an open meetings appeal involving the…