Legislative Process 101

Senate President David Williams has endured some pretty bizarre attacks. He has even deserved some of them. But I can’t begin to figure out what planet WHAS reporter Mark Hebert is coming from trying to blame Williams for creating the last-minute logjam in the General Assembly because he didn’t sign nine passed bills until April…

Having, eating teacher pay cake

Remember this the next time Kentucky’s teachers union has a fit about a merit pay proposal for teachers. From The Washington Times:“We have not seen any hard evidence yet that (merit pay) improves achievement,” said Daniel Kaufman, a spokesman for the Maryland State Teachers Association. While educrats are notoriously difficult to convince that paying more…

What Tests Do College Presidents and Public School Principals Like?

Some interesting comments were made in yesterday’s Elementary and Secondary Education Subcommittee meeting in Frankfort. Dr. Wayne Andrews, the president of Morehead State University, discussed the inadequate preparation of many Morehead freshmen. He said about 40 percent of each new class requires remediation in at least one subject, usually math. To combat this problem, Morehead…

Four day school week? Try zero

Gas prices have spurred a lot of talk about knocking one day off each school week to cut transportation costs twenty percent. And that could be a great idea. We might also further incentivize independent learning by following the example of East Jessamine High School in Nicholasville. The school allows students who have mastered a…

Kentucky’s new game of leapfrog

The House Democrats’ jump onto the electric car bandwagon after Senate Republicans’ prior announcement is oddly reminiscent of Gov. Steve Beshear playing catch-up last month with Secretary of State Trey Grayson’s spending transparency initiative. Now if we could get them to try to get to step into the huddle on pension reform instead of doing…

Have you paid your Google tax yet?

The folks at Governing Magazine did a Google search of the word “Louisville” this morning and were surprised to see the city’s official site listed fifth, behind four other non-governmental sites. Great. Some Kentucky government entities apparently hadn’t thought to spend your time and money to outrank you and your fellow citizens’ websites on Google.…