Highlights from yesterday’s charter school news conference

This first video covers comments from the bill’s sponsor, Kentucky Representative Brad Montell. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AG3zdjWUfR8] The next video, also from the press conference, contains comments from some of the proposed bill’s supporting groups and individuals. Note in particular how much insight the two parents have about the educational situation of their children. Who says parents don’t…

All parents left behind – Follow-up

Apparently, I am not the only one who has reservations about the announcement yesterday of Governor Steve Beshear’s “Transforming Education in Kentucky” (TEK) Task Force. Herald-Leader Reporter Jim Warren contacted Senator David Williams, the ranking leader in the Kentucky Senate, and writes: “Williams, however, argued that the governor was covering old ground. ‘I respectfully submit…

UK Housing Debate Continues…

The recent University of Kentucky student housing debate has driven a lot of attention to private property surrounding the school.  This attention has included student protests at city council meetings, random inspections by the fire marshal and city code enforcement, and even visits to the area by Mayor Newberry and UK president Lee Todd. While…

Accountability, transparency key to making privatization work for citizens

The key to making privatization work is the accountability produced by a clear, quality contract. Such an agreement allowed Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels to cancel a $1.34 billion contract with IBM Corp. to automate the application process for several supplemental government programs, including food stamps and Medicaid. The Associated Press reports that Daniels said the…