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…

The pension crisis WILL crowd out other services

Tuesday evening, Jim Waters of the Bluegrass Institute appeared on cn|2’s Pure Politics to discuss the commonwealth’s pension system crisis. Watch the discussion below. One of the take-away points is that if steps are not taken to deal with this pension mess, other services provided by the government will be crowded out of funding. We…

Why not a ‘Capital Day,’ too?

“Capital without labor means machines with no operators, or financial resources without the manpower to invest in,” writes Larry Reed, president of the Foundation for Economic Education and recent keynote speaker at the Bluegrass Institute’s 1792-Never out of date campaign kick-off dinner. “Labor without capital looks like Haiti or North Korea: plenty of people working…