MEDIA ALERT: Independent citizens’ advisory group needed to safeguard public education dollars

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, June 3, 2020 (FRANKFORT, Ky) – The Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, Kentucky’s first and only free-market think tank, is calling for an independent Citizens’ Advisory Group on Public School Finance in light of a recent guilty plea in federal court by former Franklin County Schools’ (FCS) finance director Lesley…

Which Kentucky education funding source – local, state or federal – saw the largest increase between 2008 and 2017?

And, which funding source provides the largest share of overall education dollars? I got prompted by a Twitter discussion to look at something that turned out to be a real surprise. It certainly didn’t work out the way those who fuss about Kentucky’s education funding would like us to believe. Very simply, when we look…

Educators complain about education spending, but do they even know how much they’re getting?

Education financials are all over the map Across the country we hear strident complaints from teachers and other educators about supposed under-funding of the nation’s public education system. Supposedly, funding is lower now than it was back in 2008 before the Great Recession started. The latest entrant in the “we demand more dollars” fray is…

Bluegrass Beacon: Intimidated conservatives lose focus

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. This column has been updated to reflect the override of Gov. Bevin’s vetoes of tax-and-spending measures. Changing a commonwealth long mired in poverty perpetuated by misguided policies designed…

Update on what US Census shows about changes in education funding in Kentucky since KERA began – 2017

Out in the Twitter world I was recently challenged about Kentucky throwing more money at the education system since KERA began, so I thought an update on exactly how much education funding has increased in Kentucky would be worth adding to the blog. One of the better, long-running sources of state education funding data is…

Bluegrass Beacon: Why such hostility toward a promising policy?

The Elizabethtown Independent School Board recently became the first local education oversight body in Kentucky to express collective hostility toward giving parents the option of a different type of public -school experience for their children. It passed a resolution claiming a charter-school policy “unilaterally takes critically needed funds from local school districts and redirects them…