Scholarship Tax Credits: Another route to school choice in Kentucky

The Kentucky Legislature’s Interim Joint Committee on Education held a series of discussions about school choice options that might work in the state on Monday, October 12, 2015. One of the major topics covered was the Scholarship Tax Credit program where businesses can get a tax credit for making investments in children with scholarships that…

Dr. Vicki Alger Answers Questions from Kentucky Legislators on Education Savings Accounts

Don’t know what Education Savings Accounts are or how they are opening up great education opportunities for students in other states who are not thriving in the one-size-must-fit-all traditional public education system? Now you have an easy way to find out. Dr. Vicki Alger is a real expert on school choice issues such as Education…

Dr. Vicki Alger briefs Kentucky Legislators on Education Savings Accounts

Don’t know what Education Savings Accounts are or how they are opening up great education opportunities for students in other states who are not thriving in the one-size-must-fit-all traditional public education system? Now you have an easy way to find out. Dr. Vicki Alger is a real expert on school choice issues such as Education…

Bluegrass Beacon: Virus of secrecy infects KentuckyWired program

Editor’s note: Since this column was originally released on Sept. 17, the commonwealth finally – finally – posted the KentuckyWired contract. However, the points made here about this big-government boondoggle remain very timely and relevant. If Gov. Steve Beshear’s administration wants taxpayers to trust it to build KentuckyWired – a $350 million, 3,000-mile high-speed Internet…

Local school board’s Open Meetings violation confirmed by court

The Daily Times from Glasgow reports that “Barren Circuit Judge Phillip Patton agreed with an earlier decision by the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General that the Glasgow Independent Schools Board of Education willfully violated the Open Meetings Act in a judgement (sic) entered on Thursday.” In addition to this reconfirmed violation by the Glasgow…

Is there more educational genocide in Louisville’s school system?

Those of us at the Bluegrass Institute are still reeling from the shocking announcement yesterday that Dr. Dewey Hensley, one of the real educational stars in Kentucky, is quitting his post as the chief academic officer at the Jefferson County Public School District (JCPS). For sure, Hensley’s resignation letter makes it very clear: he isn’t…

Bluegrass Policy Brief: Kentucky Education’s shaky ‘college and career ready’ numbers cast doubt on claims of progress

By Richard G. Innes, staff education analyst Kentucky’s recently retired Commissioner of Education, Terry Holliday, spent his final day on the job tooting his own horn to the Kentucky School Advocate about improvements in his “college and career ready” statistics. The numbers Holliday cites certainly have risen sharply. In fact, what currently are correctly described…

News release: Bluegrass Institute releases online report addressing Kentucky Education’s shaky ‘college and career readiness’ statistics

Report embargoed until: Friday, Oct. 9, at 9:30 a.m. (eastern) Contact: Jim Waters 270-320-4376 Terry Holliday, Kentucky’s recently retired Commissioner of Education, spent his final day on the job crowing about improvements in his “college and career ready” statistics. The numbers Holliday cites are up sharply, and both the college and/or career ready and high…

Kentucky begins its fifth year of Common Core in the public schools, but the college-going rate is flat or declining

Common Core implications? There were a lot of very interesting revelations in yesterday’s meeting of the Kentucky Board of Education. Among them was this disturbing comment from Robert King, the president of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, which oversees all the state’s public two- and four-year postsecondary institutions. There you have it – straight…