E-Learning produces first graduate for Hopkins County Schools Academy

Several weeks ago, the Bluegrass Institute released my new report, “Virtual schooling in Kentucky: Great promise with challenges,” about virtual learning systems in Kentucky. It focused on the Kentucky Virtual High School system which serves both advanced students who want to take Advanced Placement courses and those students who have fallen behind and need special…

Spotlight on teachers’ union advantage controlling school board elections

U.S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves has ruled that Kentucky’s special interest election law limiting individuals’ contributions to candidates for local school board races is unconstitutional. The law restricts contributions from individuals to $100 while the union continues to poor hundreds of thousands into the campaign of its chosen candidates. That unfair and unbalanced policy…

Face-to-face communication trumps educrats’ spin

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie tells it like it is. This time the topic is education budget cuts. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkuTm-ON904] Like New Jersey, Kentucky has education budget challenges driven by skyrocketing benefit costs. Like New Jersey, Kentucky also has powerful teachers’ union bosses obstructing reasonable policymakers from addressing the funding problems. Benefits have been devouring Kentucky’s…

Embry’s example

Rep. C.B. Embry talks on WBFI’s morning show last week about why he’s trying to get copies of both the U.S. and Kentucky constitutions into the hands of all high school freshmen in the commonwealth’s 17th House District. Embry’s already distributed — or planned to hand out — more than 500 copies of each of…