Responsible unionism in schools?

It can happen, elsewhere The Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) charter schools are earning a reputation around the country for laudable performance with underprivileged students. But, our teachers union in Kentucky says they cannot work with charters. Not so in Baltimore, where KIPP and the American Federation of Teachers local just inked a 10-year agreement…

Why would a district with charter schools hire a charter school enemy?

The Courier-Journal announces that Sheldon Berman, Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent, has been hired as the superintendent of the Eugene, Oregon school system. Eugene’s school district has three charter schools. Why would a charter school opponent be hired in such a district, unless that district wants to attack its parent choice options? Here’s the initial…

Wasting money to argue about money

Frankfort is a mess right now. The General Assembly’s “special” session carries a price tag of $63,000 each day.Governor Steve Beshear is traveling the state by plane to defend his plan to borrow $166 million from next year’s budget to cover this year’s Medicaid budget shortfall. Traveling by plane is not cheap. Kentucky’s citizens, taxpayers,…

Special session short

While Kentucky’s state legislators remain embroiled in a conflict over the Medicaid budget deficit, commonwealth taxpayers are footing the bill. The special session runs a tab of $63,000 per day. The Bluegrass Institute has covered the debate in our weekly column here and on the Bluegrass Blog here. To stay updated on the special session,…

Forced unionization’s other cost

The Lexington Herald-Leader (days after legislators in Wisconsin passed that controversial legislation) has an interesting piece on the toll unions take on the professionalism of teachers, the paychecks of teachers and the resentment the public in Kentucky might someday feel toward teachers and their unions. The authors, Gary Beckner and Paula Jackson-Eaglin, represent the Association…