Achievement gaps: Is a key Kentucky legislator finally getting it?

Rep. Derrick Graham, D-Frankfort, chairman of the Kentucky House of Representative’s  Education Committee and co-chairman of the Interim Joint Committee on Education, is worried. Graham addressed his concerns about the Bluegrass State’s chronic education-achievement gaps to colleagues during the Nov. 17 meeting of the Kentucky Legislature’s Education Assessment and Accountability Review Subcommittee. Graham says the legislature…

Scholarship Tax Credits: Another route to school choice in Kentucky

The Kentucky Legislature’s Interim Joint Committee on Education held a series of discussions about school choice options that might work in the state on Monday, October 12, 2015. One of the major topics covered was the Scholarship Tax Credit program where businesses can get a tax credit for making investments in children with scholarships that…

Dr. Vicki Alger Answers Questions from Kentucky Legislators on Education Savings Accounts

Don’t know what Education Savings Accounts are or how they are opening up great education opportunities for students in other states who are not thriving in the one-size-must-fit-all traditional public education system? Now you have an easy way to find out. Dr. Vicki Alger is a real expert on school choice issues such as Education…

Dr. Vicki Alger briefs Kentucky Legislators on Education Savings Accounts

Don’t know what Education Savings Accounts are or how they are opening up great education opportunities for students in other states who are not thriving in the one-size-must-fit-all traditional public education system? Now you have an easy way to find out. Dr. Vicki Alger is a real expert on school choice issues such as Education…

News Release: New report recommends education savings accounts to personalize learning for Kentucky students

For Immediate Release: Monday, Oct. 12   Contact: Jim Waters 270-320-4376 (LEXINGTON, Ky.) – A new report released today by the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, Kentucky’s first and only free-market think tank, reveals how education savings accounts (ESAs) are empowering parents to customize their children’s education to unprecedented levels. The concept behind ESAs is simple.…

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…

Kentucky’s Effective High School Graduation Rate

In his farewell interview with the Kentucky School Boards Association, now-departed Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday touted the increase in college readiness in Kentucky as his shining achievement, saying: “To this day, we’ve gone from 34 percent being college ready to this year when we will exceed 67 percent.” That got me thinking about…

Kentucky home schoolers shut down attempt to violate their privacy

This past summer the Home School Legal Defense Association jumped into a nasty attempt by Gallatin County Public Schools to intrude into the homes of local home schools. During the summer, a letter from the Gallatin County Public School District went out to all of the county’s homeschooling parents. The letter threatened a number of…