Auto bailouts: Who won? Who ‘got shafted?’

Cameron Schaeffer, a pediatric urologist and plastic surgeon in Lexington, pushed back against the Lexington Herald-Leader’s recent editorial  praising the automotive bailouts. The editorial claimed “a clear-eyed look at the numbers suggests that without the big government efforts of the last few years, many fewer Kentuckians would be employed.” However, Schaeffer argues that: “Contrary to President…

Herald-Leader: New ‘Unbridled Learning’ school accountability system so complex it’s irrelevant

No, we didn’t write this. But in the Herald-Leader’s “Putting schools to the test; Much to like in new system, but shortcomings must be addressed” editorial, the newspaper’s editorial staff admits the new system has them “flummoxed” and the entire program could become “irrelevant.” Some other things concern the editors, and us – • The…

Editorial echoes Bluegrass Institute’s call for reforming corrupt pension system

The Lexington Herald-Leader today joined the Bluegrass Institute in calling for reforming the state’s corrupt legislative pension system. The editorial stated: “Kentucky’s public pension systems have myriad problems, including a collective unfunded liability exceeding $30 billion. By comparison, the cost of this loophole is miniscule (sic). But the principle is huge. Even without this reciprocity, the rules…

K-PREP and Unbridled Learning school testing and evaluation are here, but what does this mean?

STOP PRESS! K-PREP gaps in elementary schools One of the biggest concerns about the new K-PREP program is a loss of the level of protection afforded to minorities under the now waived No Child Left Behind school accountability program. While the new Unbridled Learning accountability program does include an element that looks at achievement gaps,…

Fussing about the new ‘Unbridled Learning’ school accountability program (Revised)

The Lexington Herald-Leader chimed in on Friday about the state’s new “Unbridled Learning” school accountability program. The article has the potentially understated title, “New test scores could be a shock to Kentucky parents, educators say.” As has been happening in news articles all around the state, the Herald-Leader discusses attempts from Frankfort to downplay the…