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…

Education task force’s report: Nothing but a bunch of mumbo jumbo

The much-ballyhooed report from Gov. Steve Beshear’s education task force fizzled like a popped balloon. ”Breaking New Ground” was really full of the same ol’ mumbo jumbo, concerned more about pleasing all education stakeholders and quieting Kentuckians who are discontented with plummeting test scores and graduation rates. By the way, how are Kentucky’s white fourth-graders…

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,”…