Bluegrass Beacon: Union contracts squeeze school districts’ flexibility

Editor’s note: The Bluegrass Beacon is a weekly syndicated statewide newspaper column posted on the Bluegrass Institute’s website after being released to and published by newspapers statewide. Those who’ve convinced themselves that teachers’ union contracts don’t affect how flexible, innovative and ultimately successful school districts are in educating future generations also likely believe Russia colluded…

Bluegrass Beacon: Time for an all-out offensive against failure

Editor’s note: The Bluegrass Beacon is a weekly syndicated statewide newspaper column posted on the Bluegrass Institute website after being released to and published by newspapers statewide. It’s often the coach who gets forced out even though it’s the players who lose games. Sometimes education commissioners resign under pressure, as Stephen Pruitt did, even though…

Bluegrass Institute statement on JCPS Audit: Time for a fresh start for Louisville students

For Immediate Release: Monday, April 30, 2018 (LOUISVILLE, Ky.) –– The Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, Kentucky’s first and only free-market think tank, has been bringing much-needed sunshine to the Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) for many years now. JCPS has been mismanaged for decades and the achievement gap continues to widen. Since the…

BIPPS on ‘Ky Tonight’: Is Bevin’s proposed budget anti-education?

Is Gov. Matt Bevin’s two-year budget proposal with its 70 suggested program cuts, including slashing funding for a teachers’ professional-development project, really anti-education or could some of these programs be provided in a more efficient and effective manner? And how much do these programs affect the education of children in the classroom? These questions and…

JCPS busing policy a costly failure

In response to a question from the audience at Wednesday’s Louisville Forum evaluating the Jefferson County Public Schools’ busing policy over the last 40 years, Bluegrass Institute president Jim Waters noted that classrooms in schools of choice across the nation often are more diverse than even traditional public-school classrooms in the same districts. “Parents believe…