Should the 17th Amendment be repealed?

Chris Derry, Bluegrass Institute founder and board member, had a letter published in Sunday’s Bowling Green Daily News offering an argument for repealing the 17th Amendment, which changed the process for electing United States senators. Previously senators were elected by state legislatures; now, of course, they are chosen by popular vote. Give the article a…

CATS fiction continues

Let’s get this clear. There is no CATS accountability program in Kentucky anymore. There hasn’t been one since early 2009. The CATS assessment program was thrown out by Senate Bill 1 during the Kentucky Legislature’s 2009 Regular Legislative Session when legislators realized that CATS and its academic tests were not giving us accurate information about…

Quote of the day: Education reform

“Enacting reform is difficult. There is a huge difference between the theory of reform and the reality of it — it is a lot harder than it looks. It requires full transparency, unyielding tenacity, continuous communication, relentless advocacy, and the courage to measure progress and then deal with the results, whatever they may be.” —Jeb…

Now Kentucky is in the business of ‘ordering’ private companies?

Kentucky’s Insurance Commissioner Sharon P. Clark has decided that the decision by insurance companies in the commonwealth to discontinue the writing of new child-only policies because of increased regulations is unacceptable. So she’s ‘ordering’ these companies to continue selling them. This story is not new to the Bluegrass Institute. Jim Waters, vice president of policy…