News release: Dozens sign Bluegrass Institute’s transparency pledge

Pledge shows support for legislative pension-system transparency, gives citizens another accountability tool and opens the door to future reforms For Immediate Release: Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016 Contact: Jim Waters @ 270.320.4376 (LEXINGTON, Ky.) —  Nearly 70 incumbents and candidates for state House and Senate seats vowed support for open, accessible and accountable government by signing…

More on the quality control problems with Kentucky’s high school diplomas – Part 3

If it did nothing else, a recently released, rather disappointing report about For All Kids, How Kentucky is Closing the High School Graduation Gap for Low-Income Students did focus attention on how Kentucky’s low-income students are faring. So, for Part 3 of our blogs about the problems with Kentucky’s high school diplomas in 2016, let’s…

Legislators, candidates invited to sign pension-transparency pledge

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016   Contact: Jim Waters @ 270.320.4376   (LEXINGTON, Ky.)  — The Bluegrass Institute recently mailed a copy of its newly created Legislative Pension Transparency Pledge to all incumbent lawmakers as well as to legislators and candidates campaigning for seats in the Kentucky General Assembly during this year’s election. The…

Recent urban district study shows many charter schools outperform

Last year the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University published a report on the way charter schools perform for inner city students in some of the nation’s major urban areas. In its “Urban Charter School Study, March 2015” report, CREDO provides two graphs that show the relative performance of those urban…

Kentucky’s high school diploma quality control problems continue in 2016 – Part 2

I’ve been writing about obvious quality control problems with the award of high school diplomas in Kentucky for several years. Now, I am updating that work with results from the 2016 Unbridled Learning reports, and the situation remains very serious. I opened this blog series yesterday with comments about how Kentucky’s official high school graduation…

Kentucky’s high school diploma quality control problems continue in 2016 – Part 1

I’ve been writing about obvious quality control problems with the award of high school diplomas in Kentucky for several years. Now, I am updating that work with results from the 2016 Unbridled Learning reports, and the situation remains very serious. Quite simply, there continues to be extensive evidence that Kentucky schools are handing out a…