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…

Standing in line to rob the train

The Lexington Herald Leader got the press release from Gov. Steve Beshear announcing the arrival of $37 million in housing bailout money. And they even wrote an article! But they missed the story. The Kentucky Department for Local Government reports the money is already gone and applications for an additional $78 million will have to…

Socialized InternetCare on the way

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that more than 2.6 million Kentuckians don’t have broadband internet access in their homes. Quick, someone call the government! Actually, it appears someone already has. And since only six states have a lower broadband penetration than Kentucky, expect Internetforeveryone.org to get here soon. Internet Service Providers should probably get to…

Looking up to San Francisco

As Kentucky’s $30 billion public employee pension mess grows worse and worse each day, one left coast city has avoided the mess by telling the political class who’s boss: “The place without a pension disaster is the City of San Francisco. And the reason it doesn’t have a pension disaster is that all pension changes…

The Real ACT Deal

Back last August when the overall average ACT scores for all 2008 high school graduates came out, I cautioned that the overall scores might be impacted by the performance of students who didn’t attend public schools. I was right. Finally, through the good offices of State Senator Jack Westwood (Thank You to this supporter of…