Finally! State responds to institute’s call to privatize services, increase fees and cut costs at state parks

Since the Bluegrass Institute issued its groundbreaking 2005 report, “Mousetraps and Stale Coffee: Making the case for privatizing Kentucky State Parks,” there has been incremental movement toward cost savings at these money-losing behemoths. Today, the results of a glossy report by an out-of-state outfit called PROS Consulting, were released. And while the report cost taxpayers…

Do we need KACo?

During tight budget times, the questions should not stop with: Has the Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo) implemented the kind of internal controls that will prevent future agency officials from tucking taxpayers’ dollars in bikini strings and using KACo credit cards for escort services. The questions shouldn’t even end with: Will KACo be more transparent…

Louisville middle school loses appeal to keep Site Base Council

State Board of Education unimpressed As the Courier-Journal reports today the Robert Frost Middle School in Jefferson County lost its appeal to keep its School Based Decision Making Council (often called the “Site Base Council”) self-governance authority. This state board decision follows a March ‘Leadership Assessment’ audit that says Frost’s council, “…does not have sufficient…

They are keeping an eye on us…

I blogged yesterday on the excitement around our 2010 Open Records Project getting underway with the filing of over 30 records requests for superintendent performance evaluations in under-performing districts.  It seems the Kentucky School Boards Association has been keeping tabs; they were sure to inform their followers on Twitter… Yup! That’s us! The evaluations have…