State Auditor finds ‘chronic mismanagement’ of Fayette schools budget, finances

A long awaited audit of the Fayette County School system, which serves Lexington, Kentucky, has finally been released and some of the findings are incredibly troubling. According to the first news release from the Lexington Herald-Leader, the auditor’s findings include: • Weaknesses in budget and financial-management processes, • Administrative and management salary increases that outpace…

Taking liberty to the airwaves: BIPPS president Jim Waters on WLAP Thursday morning

Bluegrass Institute president Jim Waters will appear on the Leland Conway Show on Lexington’s NewsRadio 630 WLAP-AM on Thursday at 8:05 a.m. to talk about the federal government’s handouts of surplus military equipment to local police departments. Also, what about that fancy jet the governor’s office was given. Of course, someone paid for that plane, which, even…

Louisiana’s governor says Feds violating nation’s education laws, sues

Charges similar to ones being made by Kentucky’s education commissioner I wrote several days ago about claims from Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday that the US Department of Education (USED) is overstepping its bounds and violating laws by trying to dictate education policy to Kentucky. It looks like Kentucky isn’t the only place where…

Education commissioner opens season for public comment on Kentucky’s version of the Common Core State Standards

Kentucky was the first state to adopt the Common Core State Standards and the first to implement tests in math and reading that were aligned to those standards. And, those standards have proved increasingly controversial. So, it makes sense that the Kentucky Commissioner of Education has pushed up his original plan to revisit those standards…

Kentucky’s education commissioner: US Department of Education violating state and federal law with rejection of state’s request for more time to implement science standards

In a set of comments that sound like things we have been saying for years at the Bluegrass Institute, the Kentucky School Boards Association reports Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday is exploding about federal intrusion into the state’s management of its education program. The specific trigger, according to the school boards group, is that…

Comments on the Charter School Debate: US Department of Education knows charter schools are public schools

If you have not taken time to read our major charter school debate with UK professors Wayne Lewis and Martin Solomon, you owe it to yourself and Kentucky’s children to take some time to do so. The professors provide a good introduction into the issues of establishing charter schools in Kentucky from the viewpoint of…