Some Comments on the Demise of CATS

Readers are probably surprised that I didn’t jump out right away this past weekend with some sort of gloating Blog item about the passage of Senate Bill 1 last Friday. This bill will significantly revise and improve Kentucky’s public school assessment program, something I have recommended doing for some time. Actually, I figured most of…

Tea time in Lexington

Leland Conway of 630 WLAP in Lexington’s pork rind protest fame is spearheading the Kentucky Tea Party on Saturday, March 21 at the Fayette County Courthouse. The Bluegrass Institute is proud to join him and supports the effort as a sponsor. What we hope to accomplish is to show our elected officials in Lexington, Frankfort,…

42% of Kentuckians from another planet

Amid all the mess in the 2009 General Assembly, from tax increases and the raid of the Health Fund to the failure of prevailing wage reform and government transparency bills (here and here), a recent Kentucky survey suggests widespread awareness of Frankfort’s shenanigans. Americans for Prosperity surveyed 600 Kentuckians and found 58 percent were dissatisfied…

No, it’s the taxpayers

More Kentuckians would understand the damage to taxpayers coming our way as a result of public employee fringe benefits underfunding if the media did even a halfway decent job of covering the issue. Alas, they don’t:The pension plans are not in peril because the state can’t get out of making payments. Lower benefits for future…

CJ attacks Bluegrass Institute, again

The editors at the Louisville Courier Journal get pretty verbose when they are upset. Friday, they got upset at the Bluegrass Institute to helping discredit the dishonest and thoroughly manipulated Commonwealth Accountability Testing System, which was repealed by the legislature today. Here is what they said about us: “It’s understandable why the conservative, educationally revanchist…

EXPLORE and PLAN

– Now we can cover the good news Now that the department of education’s fabricated-national-scores-that-don’t-exist are under control, we can finally cover some good news about PLAN and EXPLORE in an objective and realistic manner. These are the corrected scoring tables from the department. Notice the bogus and non-existent national average data for 2006 through…