Sticks and stones…

Susan Pace Hamill of University of Alabama School of Law put out a report on state and local public policy which lists Kentucky as one of the “Shameful Sixteen” states. She claims that our taxing and spending policies hurt poor people and “violate the moral principles of Judeo-Christian ethics.” Read the report here. Hamill’s grand…

Racing to conclusions

In the latest edition of liberty’s lovers and losers: A national newspaper changes its mind about school choice, expanded gambling is viewed as a bailout for playing wrong cards in the past and Louisville’s mayor wisely uses his veto pen. Click here to read the entire column.

Infinite Campus Heartburn Continues

– State’s student tracking software has major problem Infinite Campus is the new student tracking software program that the Kentucky Department of Education just brought on line. – Well, sort of. It turns out the software is fouling up the calculation of absolutely critical average daily attendance figures for every school district in Kentucky. Those…

More on Graduation Rates

Say what you will about it, the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) definitely renewed interest in high school graduation rates. That new interest comes none too soon, because far too many kids in Kentucky and around the rest of the country are not graduating from high school. In today’s economy this spells trouble not…

Why Kentucky needs “loser-pays”

University of Kentucky basketball rarely intersects with the public policy realm, but it did Wednesday when former coach Billy Gillispie filed a lawsuit seeking $6 million from the program. The case should be open-and-shut. Gillispie signed a Memorandum of Understanding Offer in April of 2007 stating that if he signed a contract and was subsequently…

Jeb Bush on Education Part 1

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is talking about education, and the performance of Florida education under his administration certainly merits attention. A quick look at the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) data for Kentucky and Florida shows some amazing progress has been made in Mr. Bush’s state. For example, the graph below shows that…

Can’t tax our way out of this

A sobering Stateline article Tuesday about closing auto dealerships only strengthens the case for cutting the size of state government immediately: “Consider that a fifth of California’s sales tax revenue is from new and used car sales.”“As these local dealerships close, the impact will be more profound than people realize,” said Sen. Mark Norris, the…