New senator’s priorities include legislation ‘to force members to read the bills’

No longer is he Senator-elect. After Thursday’s swearing-in ceremony, it’s now Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. In his inaugural statement, Paul promised to “keep my promises to the people of Kentucky. … They wanted to send a message to Washington: stop. Stop the out-of-control expansion of government power. Stop the spending.” Among his top priorities will…

Bills allowing superintendents to pick principals and rewarding successful math and science teachers pass Kentucky Senate

The on-line kyPost.com reports two bills, Senate Bills 12 and 13, have been approved in the Kentucky Senate and now move to the Kentucky House for consideration when the legislature reconvenes in Frankfort in February. SB-12, a very short bill, makes an important change in the way school principals are selected in Kentucky by moving…

Longtime educator, administrator praises Bluegrass Institute’s KERA report series

Longtime Kentucky public school administrator Richard Ratliff praised the Bluegrass Institute’s new report series evaluating the Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA), which was signed into law by the late Gov. Wallace Wilkinson in 1990. The report highlights KERA’s many failed academic and testing experiments, including the failure of “fuzzy math” and “whole language reading” to…