Former KY Board of Education member says state’s social studies standards need work

In a rather stunning development, former member of the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) Gary Houchens, who also is a Bluegrass Institute Scholar, now agrees that: “Kentucky’s social studies standards need more work.” What makes this particularly attention-getting is that Houchens – a professor in the education school at Western Kentucky University with a background…

Opponents of parental school choice defy logic, deny research

When faced with both research and logic supporting policies empowering parents to choose the school that best fits their child’s needs, opponents of such liberty “usually appeal to philosophical arguments about the value of education as a public good,” writes Western Kentucky University education professor and Bluegrass Institute Scholar Gary Houchens, Ph.D. “Society, the economy,…

Ex-charter school teacher’s gripes: Are they really about the students or just sour grapes?

The Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, Kentucky’s first and only free-market think tank, joins with hundreds of groups nationwide to celebrate the fifth annual National School Choice Week (Jan. 24-30). Since its beginning more than 12 years ago, the Bluegrass Institute has been the leading voice to give Kentucky parents effective alternatives to ensure that each child receives…