Unmask COVID-19 funding for states

Mainstream media publications are hammering fiscally conservative groups opposed to wasteful spending of tax dollars for accepting temporary financial help in the form of a publicly funded Paycheck Protection Program loan to counter COVID-19 shutdowns. But will those same entities keep their moral-outrage thermostats turned wide open when it comes to leftist politicians seeking to…

Taking liberty to the airwaves: BIPPS CEO talks closings, school choice

Bluegrass Institute President and CEO Jim Waters appeared Tuesday morning on the Brian Thomas Show on Cincinnati’s 55KRC, where he discussed Gov. Andy Beshear’s recent executive orders regarding bars and schools. Listen to the interview here. Jim used the opportunity to push for giving parents more choices regarding where to educate their children and called on…

COVID-19 crisis: A terrible thing to waste

Cookie-cutter online learning programs offered by Kentucky school districts during the COVID-19 shutdown in the spring failed to attract thousands of students and fell short in keeping multitudes of others engaged. Online participation among students in Fayette County Public Schools, Kentucky’s second-largest district, dropped from 85% to 58% between the first and eighth weeks, according…

School opening in Kentucky – Still lots of questions with few answers

The July 20, 2020 edition of KET’s Kentucky Tonight was totally dedicated to the issues and challenges Kentucky’s public school system faces as it struggles to configure a fall learning season. Will schools open normally in person? Will schools use a blend of in person and distance learning, now being called Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) by…

K to 12 talks about doing distance learning, but why aren’t people checking out Kentucky’s own, 15-year-old distance learning program?

It’s a mystery to me. As Kentucky’s K to 12 education system wrestles with the challenges of putting together a full academic year of online learning in case the COVID Virus makes in-person student attendance at schools impossible, a major, long-running Kentucky source of knowledge about how to do year-long distance seems to be known…

Higher taxes plus more spending equals deeper hole

“If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging,” Will Rogers advised. That wisdom seems particularly relevant as the big spenders in charge of Congress clamor to deepen the hole of America’s debt with a vote-buying package thinly disguised as another economic-stimulus parcel. Usually, such deepening of holes is accompanied by a lessening of perspective.…

Governing through COVID-19: Sledgehammer or scalpel?

An economic crisis such as the one dragging behind this quarantine like a heavy, unbreakable chain squeezes an entire state, revealing or magnifying the true condition of its economy along with the competency – or lack thereof – of its political leadership. Some causation for Kentucky’s increasingly dire economic woes unquestionably correlates with the onset…