Give a man a phone book

The old saying about the value of giving a man a fish versus teaching him how to fish obviously gained popularity before lobbying for Congressional earmarks became a marketable skill. And the lessons we are supposed to learn to help us grow stronger during the current recession clearly aren’t going to involve not paying a…

Grad Rate Woes in Louisville

Education Week newspaper (subscription) points to a new report on graduation rate problems in the nation’s major cities. Among the unsettling findings, the high school graduation rate in Louisville actually dropped slightly by 0.3 points from 1995 to 2005. While Louisville’s 63.4 percent graduation rate in 2005 was higher than most other large cities, this…

Frankfort’s quote of the day

The Louisville Courier Journal’s Stephenie Steitzer has covered the public employee pension mess better than anyone in the Frankfort press corps. A story in Tuesday’s paper about how legislative leaders are considering more inconsequential tweaks to the system included this gem of a quote from actuary Patrick Welsh: “If they cut those benefits even more,…

Counting down to nine

Maine’s legislature is taking up a bill soon to introduce charter schools to benefit their students. That would leave nine states who have failed to make school choice options like charters widely available. There is no good reason for Kentucky to stand still while other states zip past us in education. Please join the Bluegrass…