Math Resolution Hits Senate

The Kentucky Senate’s Education Committee heard testimony on mathematics instruction this morning and then voted out Senate Joint Resolution 19, which calls for the Kentucky Department of Education to revise the state’s mathematics standards and testing programs. The resolution is a reaction to continued poor mathematics performance in the commonwealth. SJR 19 recommendations are based…

Education pays!

As Kentucky’s unemployment insurance fund runs out of money over the next few weeks, it will become the unemployment fund of money borrowed by Kentucky taxpayers. So it is more than a little distressing to see Education Cabinet Secretary Helen Montjoy claiming “effort to rise to the challenge” while she is talking about setting up…

Kathy Stein strikes again

Sen. Kathy Stein needs people to buy cigarettes in Kentucky in order to help save the state from going bankrupt under a tidal wave of unfunded pension benefits (wink, wink), but she is also determined to control where people smoke. Enter Senate Bill 35, Stein’s first Senate bill, which bans smoking in cars by minors.

Catering to voters with bad credit

Rep. Jim Gooch has filed a bill that would limit how much auto insurance companies could raise rates on drivers with bad credit. Insurers have overwhelming evidence that drivers with bad credit are more expensive risks behind the wheel. The American Legislative Exchange Council issued a report back in 2003 finding bills like this increased…

Home-schooling on the Rise

More parents are “dropping out” of public schools in the interests of better education for their kids, a new study reports. And, there are more reasons parents are taking the home-school choice alternative – reasons that indicate public schools are not meeting student needs despite all the “noise” about how diverse our public school system…