Bluegrass Institute en Bluegrass Institute Launches 'Free to Learn' Debate Series <p>The <a href="">watchdog group Bluegrass Institute</a> is hosting a "Free to Learn" debate series across the Kentucky regarding the lack of charter schools.</p><p>The first debate will be held 6 p.m. Tuesday at Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, with others planned for Lexington and Frankfort next month.</p><p>Kentucky is one of eight states without a law allowing charter schools, and attempts to pass such a bill have consistently hit a blockade in the Democratic-controlled House.</p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 20:04:43 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 7761 at Noise and Notes: The Racial Achievement Gap in JCPS and The Contentious Landmarks Ordinance <p>A report by the Bluegrass Institute showed the <a href="">achievement gaps in Jefferson County Public Schools along lines of race </a>are actually wider in the East End of Louisville.</p><p>The conservative think tank unveiled some troubling numbers last month and organizations supportive of charter schools, such as the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO), argue the report underscores the student-assignment plan has failed African-American students.</p><p>JCPS officials have said they are <a href="">aware of the problem and are committed to changing</a> the numbers, but impatience is growing as <a href="">three seats open on the school board</a> this year.</p><p>I spoke with WFPL&rsquo;s education reporter Devin Katayama and former Louisville Metro Councilman Dr. Deonte Hollowell, who is a BAEO member, about the report&rsquo;s ramifications on the education debate.</p><div><p> Sun, 22 Jul 2012 01:36:29 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 1088 at Noise and Notes: The Racial Achievement Gap in JCPS and The Contentious Landmarks Ordinance Report: Achievement Gaps Higher in East End <p>The <a href="">Bluegrass Institute</a> has released a <a href="">report</a> showing the largest achievement gaps in Jefferson County Public Schools occur in classrooms in the eastern part of the county.</p><p>The policy group created the report for the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO), which is urging lawmakers to approve charter schools. Charters were rejected by the General Assembly this past legislative session, but some believe the issue made progress.</p><p>&ldquo;Let&rsquo;s bring somebody into this state that has a proven record that will make a difference with our children,&rdquo; said Pastor Jerry Stephenson, Louisville&#39;s BAEO coordinator. The current education system isn&rsquo;t working and the despair of the education system can be seen in the violence in certain West Louisville neighborhoods, he said.</p><p> Mon, 18 Jun 2012 22:42:48 +0000 Devin Katayama 693 at Report: Achievement Gaps Higher in East End Bluegrass Institute Takes Aim at Lawmakers for Pension Problems <p>The watchdog group Bluegrass Institute has released a <a href="">report</a> blaming Kentucky&rsquo;s lawmakers for various issues with the state&rsquo;s pension systems.</p><p>Bloomberg has ranked Kentucky&#39;s state pensions among the worst-funded in the country. And the Bluegrass Institute puts the blame on the General Assembly.</p> Mon, 11 Jun 2012 11:30:00 +0000 Kenny Colston 592 at After Indiana Success, Supporters Hope to Pass "Right to Work" Law in Kentucky <p>Groups that support so-called right to work laws are looking to pass such a measure in Kentucky.</p> Thu, 07 Jun 2012 14:53:49 +0000 Kenny Colston 569 at