Monday Links: transparency, logic, and Medicaid

Where’s the transparency!? – Remember all those promises on the campaign trail about transparency in the administration? It appears maybe the administration doesn’t remember. Where’s the logic? – Economist Russ Roberts debunks Larry Summers economics “logic” regarding Japan and the recent tragedy there. Medicaid records requests – some records requests were recently sent to the…

Bluegrass Institute’s spotlight on school superintendent evaluations having impact

It’s obvious that the Bluegrass Institute’s Operation Open Records effort to highlight the serious deficiencies in public school superintendent evaluations across Kentucky is having impact. Last week, Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday discussed the evaluation issue with superintendents. The Kentucky School Boards Association reports Holliday said: “…you’re going to continue to be under great scrutiny,”…

Governor’s Medicaid power play hits providers and most needy recipients

On Friday, the Health and Family Services Cabinet Cabinet issued public notice for Medicaid rate reductions to take effect April 1 if no budget agreement is reached. The cabinet will significantly reduce payment to hospitals, nursing facilities, home health agencies, community-based services, pharmacies, comprehensive care centers, primary care centers, local health departments and other providers…

Hazard-Herald confirms: Perry County educators under investigation for cheating on ACT

The latest news about the ACT cheating scandal in Perry County’s two district high schools: The Kentucky Educational Professional Standards Board has now opened a full investigation into the activities of the professional educators involved. ACT reported in November that cheating was definitely confirmed in both high schools. By the way, new PLAN scores that…

Governor’s Medicaid plan: Prohibit spending cuts, reduce hospital reimbursements by 35 percent

Reporting on next week’s scheduled special session, Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh reports: “Gov. Behear unveiled his plan for filling a gaping hole in the state’s Medicaid budget, created when Kentucky received fewer federal stimulus dollars than anticipated.” That’s true. But that doesn’t give this administration carte blanche to refuse spending cuts as an option…

More bullying in Louisville

This time, the school district is joining in The Courier-Journal reports that a former student at the highly competitive DuPont Manual High School, who left there after she was bullied, is now being denied sports eligibility in her new school. Normally, it is true that transfers must sit out of sports for a year. What…