Digging a hole to prosperity

Gov. Steve Beshear issued a statement Thursday night expressing his pleasure that Kentucky is about to pick up another $400 million in debt as part of the new road plan. Not to worry, though. Our “financial experts” are “comfortable.” Beshear said: “This plan also creates a state stimulus effort through the use of a $400…

Mandating an “educated workforce”

Forcing would-be high school dropouts to stay in school would make sense if any evidence suggested it would magically create positive educational outcomes. No such evidence exists. But that won’t stop The Louisville Courier-Journal. A Thursday editorial said: “Raising the dropout age might cost $15 million per year, but, as the Governor himself has argued,…

Making it up on volume

President Barack Obama’s Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes spoke to reporters this morning via conference call about Obama’s health care reform proposal in which he seeks to expand insurance coverage and government coverage while also lowering costs. A reporter asked her how this plan would be different than the state attempts to do the…

What’s next: Kentucky Derby Tax?

Politicians are fond of promising to run government “like a business,” only to toss the idea aside at the first sign of resistance from the bureaucracy. But Gov. Steve Beshear has taken the backtracking to a new level by treating a business opportunity like a government program. Beshear has opted to scale back traditional Kentucky…

The Real ACT Deal – Part 2

– Comparing ACT Scores to Participation in Public and Non-Public Schools Feedback on my Bluegrass Blog post on “The Real ACT Deal” indicates I need to more extensively discuss the way participation on the ACT college entrance test varied in the public and other-than-public schools in Kentucky after 1993. If you want to see how…

Look Deep to Analyze KERA

– Prichard’s Blog now helps make the point I’ve been pointing out for some time that to really understand what is happening under Kentucky’s public school education reform, you have to look at separated data for different student subgroups. That’s true whether we are talking about CATS, the ACT college entrance tests, or the National…