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New graduation requirements offer flexibility, accountability

By WAYNE LEWIS Interim Commissioner, Kentucky Department of Education Does handing a diploma to a high school graduate mean that he or she is ready to succeed in the next phase of life? Does it even indicate that he or she is...

State's jails experiencing overcrowding

The (Ashland) Independent Kentucky has a crisis on its hands in the form of jail overcrowding, and it's not going to get better anytime soon. In our Sunday section front package, Focus on Jails, we talked in-depth with jailers in...

Minor-league fare abounds at 'Super Bowl of Kentucky politics'

BY JIM WATERS The Bluegrass Institute It's hard to reconcile public radio's assertion that this year's Fancy Farm event in western Kentucky was "the Super Bowl of Kentucky politics" with the fact that some of its biggest stars. . .

Is cronyism returning to education?

Lexington Herald Leader Acknowledging that the fix is in -- and always has been -- might be the most above-board thing the Kentucky Board of Education has done since Gov. Matt Bevin stacked it with a majority of new members the...

Gender-neutral ideology imposed on preschoolers

BY RICHARD NELSON Commonwealth Policy Institute I just learned a new term the other day: "theyby." Instead of saying boy or girl baby and referring to them as he or she, a few newly minted parents are calling their offspring. . .

President's media attacks are dangerous

Panama City News Herald President Donald Trump's regularly misstates facts yet has the gall to claim that anyone critical of him is lying. Presidents have long battled with the press. But Trump's constant labeling of reporting...

Yes, Trump should talk to Iran

St. Louis Post-Dispatch In two seemingly unrelated foreign policy developments last week, spy photos have established that North Korea is still constructing intercontinental ballistic missiles despite President Donald Trump's...

Carp disaster demands an all-hands approach

By JIM PAXTON The Paducah Sun In science fiction movies ecological disasters always involve something a bit more titillating -- killer bees or genetically modified piranhas decimate the church picnic to the consternation of the. . .