Comments on the Charter School Debate: They are more accountable than traditional public schools

If you have not taken time to read our major charter school debate with UK professors Wayne Lewis and Martin Solomon, you owe it to yourself and Kentucky’s children to take some time to do so. The professors provide a good introduction into the issues of establishing charter schools in Kentucky from the viewpoint of…

BIPPS school-choice debate topic of discussion Monday on the Leland Conway show on Louisville’s 84WHAS

Bluegrass Institute President Jim Waters will focus on a newly released online written debate on the Leland Conway Show on Louisville’s 84WHAS at 9 a.m. today. Listen live online here. The Institute today released the third and final school-choice debate in its Free to Learn series. Go here to support the message of liberty across…

Oklahoma Supreme Court says legislature, not state board of education, has final word on Common Core

In a breathtakingly short four hours, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that state’s board of education can forget its arrogant idea that they trump the Oklahoma Legislature on important education decisions. As Joy Pullmann at the Heartland Institute reports, “The board of education argued the legislature has no constitutional right to determine public school curriculum…

Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA) says someday school money will follow the child to whatever school they choose to attend

KSBA spokesman Brad Hughes, whose organization represents interests of traditional school districts in Kentucky, recently wrote some common sense about traditional public schools and the growing movement for school choice: “Americans like to choose and ‘choice is a new American value. How can we bring this flexibility to all public schools? The day will come…

National support for school choice on the rise

According to recent findings from the Friedman Foundation’s 2014 Schooling in America Survey, 74% of  Americans have a pessimistic outlook on the federal government’s involvement in K-12 education. The survey also found 58 percent of Americans think that K-12 education has gotten off on the “wrong track.” And who can blame them? In Kentucky alone,…

Milton Friedman – and YOU – on vouchers for school choice and low-income families

From the new Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice 2014 Schooling in America Survey (Page 45): “A school voucher system allows parents the option of sending their child to the school of their choice, whether that school is public or private, including both religious and non-religious schools. If this policy were adopted, tax dollars currently allocated…