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…

How’s That???!!! Majority of Kentucky’s students are officially truants!!!!

The Kentucky Legislature’s Education Assessment and Accountability Review Subcommittee heard a report in Frankfort today about “School Attendance in Kentucky” from the Legislative Research Commission’s Office of Education Accountability. And, it didn’t take long for a real shocker to surface. As the one of the OEA’s briefing slides puts it: “The majority of Kentucky students…

A helpful hint for public officials: if the action you are contemplating contains the word “secret,” it probably violates the open meetings law

My first law school exam presented a complex hypothetical involving multiple jurisdictional challenges faced by the fictitious manufacturer of a product called “Diaper Doo” –  a product that could only come from the warped mind of a law school professor. The object was to identify as many of those jurisdictional challenges as possible and to…

About those claims that the US has high poverty

Americans are frequently assaulted with amazing claims that our country has one of the highest poverty rates in the entire developed world. We get it from sources like the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF, sometimes just the United Nations Children’s Fund), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and a host of…