Bluegrass Institute President Jim Waters talks charter school legislation, pension reform

by Kevin Wheatley – Legislation authorizing public charter schools in Kentucky isn’t exactly how Bluegrass Institute President Jim Waters envisioned, but he expects they will improve student achievement in a state where performance has lagged. Waters said he would have liked to see additional charter school authorizers in the final version of House Bill 520 considering some…

Sen. McConnell names new chief of staff

WASHINGTON (AP) – Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell has named a new chief of staff in his Senate office. Phil Maxson, his current legislative director, will be the new chief of staff, replacing Brian McGuire. McGuire has worked for McConnell for 10 years. McConnell says in a release that Maxson has worked “tirelessly over the years” on Kentucky’s interests.…