Courier CATS Diatribe

Never has so much nonsense been assembled by so few to attempt to bamboozle so many Today’s Courier-Journal opinion piece establishes a new low for factual ignorance. To wit: (1) The Courier charges that former Education Commissioner Jon Draud started the current process to revise (flatten in the Courier’s words) CATS. Nonsense! CATS was under…

The worst thing they could do

Details on the federal “stimulus” keep coming in and they don’t look good. The latest will lead to rapid expansion of the state Medicaid at a time state taxpayers need someone to protect them from this new, gathering storm:Kentucky taxpayers are directly responsible for paying 30% of the bill for the state’s Medicaid recipients. Growing…

Frankfort’s slow learners

Gov. Steve Beshear and his big-government friends in the Kentucky Education Department wouldn’t let a little thing like not being able to afford the programs we already have stand in the way of adding on another one with dubious prospects at best:There can be little doubt Beshear’s 27-member task force will agree with his position…

Who is still standing in Frankfort?

Only eleven members of the Kentucky House of Representatives last week voted against tax increases, raiding the health insurance trust fund, and allowing counties to underfund the same fund. They are: Rep. Ron CrimmRep. Jim DeCesareRep. Myron DossettRep. Bill FarmerRep. Joe FischerRep. David FloydRep. Brent HousmanRep. Stan LeeRep. David OsborneRep. Marie RaderRep. Addia Wuchner The…

CATS Changes May Be Nearer

Here’s the latest on the bill to change CATS testing from the Courier-Journal. What’s new here is that Representative Harry Moberly now seems willing to completely remove the writing portfolios from the assessment. Instead, these would be used as instructional tools with their use monitored by Frankfort (a plan we have supported for some time).…

Newberry astroturfs himself

This is embarrassing. Can’t imagine why Lexington Mayor Jim Newberry’s political “folks” thought it would be a good idea for him to go on Fox News and call astroturf soccer fields “infrastructure,” but that is what he did. The media opportunity wasn’t exactly an efficient use of public resources, Mr. Newberry. Hope your three minutes…