Kentucky shows improvement recently in high school graduation rates

WFPL and others are reporting about a new study from America’s Promise Alliance and several other organizations released Monday on education performance around the country. The study shows that Kentucky and 11 other states contributed significantly to the overall increase in the national average high school graduation rate between 2002 and 2009. WFPL says Kentucky’s…

Thank you, SCAAC!

Most of you are probably wondering, “What in the world is SCAAC?” That’s not surprising. This little-known education committee, composed of volunteers, was officially titled the “School Curriculum, Assessment and Accountability Council” when it was created by legislative act in 1998. Most people just refer to the council by its initials. Pronounced, the abbreviation rhymes…

Chiropractor bill puts health insurers out of alignment

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 Contact: Jim Waters, 270-782-2140                                                                                 (FRANKFORT, Ky.) – A proposal that would drive up insurance costs for Kentucky businesses and consumers by mandating higher reimbursement rates for chiropractors – rates that would be set by an unelected bureaucrat – is unsound public policy and should be rejected by…

NAEP Exclusion Rates: What Prichard didn’t say – Part 2

The Prichard Committee’s Blog weighed in on March 11, 2012 about Kentucky’s nation-leading levels of exclusion of students with learning disabilities in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading assessments. Sadly, Prichard’s blog glossed over the exclusion problem, claiming, “Kentucky’s recent record of relative NAEP success does not, in fact, evaporate when exclusion rates…

Links to ‘Obamacare’ lawsuit documents

This week we learned that a group of 59 Kentucky legislators signed their name to an Amicus brief and joined in the lawsuit challenging several aspects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (most notably the individual mandate requiring Americans purchase health insurance). You can view these documents on our transparency database, FreedomKentucky.org… Amicus…