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…

Where’s “Efficiency?”

My previous post about the US Secretary of Education pushing California to raise taxes gave me an idea. When the private sector faces economically tough times, they really work on efficiency of operations. I wondered if terms like “efficiency” and “efficient” were showing up in recent news releases from Washington and Frankfort educators. I started…

Washington Missing Taxpayer Message

– We can’t afford more – But, we do deserve better facts Several days ago, California voters rejected further hikes in school taxes. Considering the especially severe economic situation out there, with things like house values and overall personal wealth plummeting, that isn’t hard to understand – unless you are an educator – even the…