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…

Bluegrass Institute Policy Brief: Personalizing Learning in Kentucky through Education Savings Accounts

Executive Summary Sixty years ago the late Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman published a radical idea: just because we fund schools through government doesn’t mean elected officials know how to run schools or what education is best for other people’s children. To improve American education for all students, Friedman argued that parents should decide what…

KY Auditor provides fiscal advice to local school boards

Concerned with obvious problems with the way local Kentucky schools and school boards are managing their money, Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts Adam Edelen’s office has released a set of 75 suggestions for how boards can do their job more efficiently. These recommendations should be very helpful to local school board members and others who…

Kentucky’s school funding increased constantly since KERA was enacted in 1990

The Courier-Journal just ran a story about a report out of Washington that claims Kentucky cut education spending more than most states recently. I don’t think so. This graph shows Kentucky’s total education revenue by year from the Kentucky Department of Education’s receipts and expenditures reports. As you can see, from the year prior to…

Bluegrass Beacon: Locals know best how to spend education dollars

Critics of education-reform proposals that empower parents with school choice and lessen the bureaucracy’s control often scold: “Leave education to the experts. They know best.” Does this mandate also apply to education spending? Leon Smith, Russellville Independent Schools’ superintendent, told Bowling Green Daily News education reporter Chuck Mason that he was forced to forego a…