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Republican lawmakers are taking Kentucky back to education’s bad old days
FRANKFORT — Generations of Kentuckians suffered because education was treated as a political spoil. Schools run for the benefit of adults chained the state to poverty.
In 1990, the legislature shielded public education from political interference as part of a sweeping reform.
Schools improved, Kentuckians became better educated and Kentucky was held up as a model.
That protection from raw politics is now being stripped away in a spasm of culture-wars histrionics and a Republican drive for even more control.
Why any lawmakers want a return to the bad old days is mystifying, though, on second thought, there’s not much mystery to a power grab or wanting to punish your political adversaries.