Posts Tagged ‘Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions’

A Look Over the Edge of the Fiscal Cliff

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Join me and my “Kentucky Tonight” guests at 8/7 pm CT on KET.

Our topic is the looming “Fiscal Cliff.” My guests are a panel of experts on the subject: Jason Bailey, director of The Kentucky Center for Economic Policy; Jim Waters, president of the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions; Malcolm Robinson, economics professor and economics department chair at Thomas More College; and Tres Watson, chairman of the Kentucky Young Republican Federation. We’ll discuss what’s involved and how it might affect Kentucky families and businesses. Tune in and join the conversation:

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Kentucky Tonight, Monday, Dec. 3 at 8/7 pm CT on KET
You can also watch it live online at the KET website.

Charter Schools on Kentucky Tonight

Monday, January 18th, 2010

For a state education system that doesn’t even recognize charter schools, there sure has been a lot in the news lately about them. Why?

One of the reasons might be that two legislators have filed bills that would allow charter schools to be recognized in Kentucky. Currently, there are only 10 states that don’t have a law in place that would allow the establishment of a charter school.

One of the other reasons has to do with something called Race to the Top. That’s a plan from President Obama and his education chief Arne Duncan. At stake is a national competition for federal dollars that could mean $200 million for a poor state like Kentucky. The deadline for the application for these funds is next Tuesday. Some have theorized that states who have or are willing to include charter schools in a statewide system of improving education might be given a better chance at attracting the federal funds. There was some action in Frankfort this week when a charter school clause was added to the application, but it was dropped and the application is on its way to Washington.

But the question remains, regardless of the Race to the Top funds, does Kentucky need a charter school provision? And why would someone go to a charter school instead of a regular public school? What would a charter school accomplish for a school district? Would it make it easier to fire a bad teacher? Would teachers earn higher salaries if they taught in successful charter schools?

These are just some of the questions we’ll discuss Monday on Kentucky Tonight. Our guests are :

- Rev. Jerry Stephenson, chair of the Kentucky Education Restoration Alliance
- Jim Waters, director of policy and communications for the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions
- Sharron Oxendine, president of the Kentucky Education Association
- Superintendent Sheldon Berman of Jefferson County Public Schools

And, as always, we want to hear from you. Email a question before or during the program, give us a call during the program. Or post a remark below that everyone can read on the blog.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Governor Beshear Talks About 2010 Goals

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Did you watch Governor Beshear’s State of the Commonwealth address last night on KET? If you did or if you read an account of the speech anywhere, let me know what you thought about what he had to say.

The speech lasted about 36-minutes and was interrupted several times by applause. Two newspapers wrote today they thought the main themes of the speech were the “modest goals and accomplishments” of the Beshear administration and “education, health, and safety.” One KET analyst, Stephenie Steitzer of the Courier Journal, thought that job creation might have been the major issue because the governor touched on jobs several times during his remarks to a joint session of the Kentucky House and Senate.

Of course, the governor used a considerable amount of time talking about the fiscal crisis facing the state and how he hoped to manage the state’s recovery. Beshear’s state of the budget address will be delivered on January 19th and KET will once again provide extensive coverage.

We will continue the state budget theme Monday night on Kentucky Tonight. Our guests will be:

- Sheila Schuster, executive director of the Advocacy Action Network

- Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates

- Andy Hightower, executive director of the Kentucky Club for Growth

- Tim Yessin, a member of the board of the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions

I hope you can join me for the conversation.

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