Editors Make Lousy Education Analysts

– Editorial staff at the Courier-Journal continues to provide evidence that they really don’t understand Kentucky education During last year’s meetings of the Kentucky Department of Education’s Assessment and Accountability Task Force, I found myself agreeing with the Kentucky Education Association (KEA) on a number of points. One is the fact that federal writing test…

Gov. Beshear, your web site stinks!

Here is the latest data on Gov. Steve Beshear’s phoney baloney “eTransparency” web site he put up with much fanfare in January and to the delight of the Lexington Herald Leader:House Democrats killed off an effort to mandate meaningful government spending transparency again this session. Senate Republicans didn’t do much better, though there is some…

‘Enough’

In his recent letter published by LEO Weekly, Louisville’s alternative publication, St. Matthews’ resident Paul L. Whiteley Sr. makes a weak, but deceptively empty, case against a free-market economic system. Whiteley suggests “combin(ing) the best ideas” from socialism and capitalism to “forge a system in which compassion is abundant and greed is rare.” He adds:…

With accomplishments like these…

House Speaker Greg Stumbo said this evening “I am proud of the important work accomplished by the legislature, as shown by the following partial list of new laws.” His list of “accomplishments” includes: HB 143, the pension raid billHB 144, the tax increase billHB 117, the pension payment deferral billHB 153, the milk regulation bill…

What to do next

The Kentucky Tea Party this past weekend seemed to inspire many of those in attendance. In fact, the most common question heard afterwards was “what’s next?” One good answer is Bluegrass Tax Liberation Day, the April 18 follow-up event to the Tea Party. Everyone is invited to Applebee’s Park from 11 am to 2 pm.…

Government transparency takes another hit

Fresh of breaking his campaign promise about making Congressional bills publicly available for five days before a vote, President Barack Obama’s blue-ribbon economic committee is now meeting in secrecy.This sentiment is firmly entrenched in Kentucky as well, where Gov. Steve Beshear repeatedly promised more spending transparency and an efficiency study of state government without any…