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Welcome to the best opinion pieces of the week from News From The States. Our commentary includes our own journalists from across our extensive network as well as outside voices to bring a wide range of perspectives and ideas. In addition to the sampling below, you can look through all our commentary here.



Republican lawmakers are taking Kentucky back to education’s bad old days

by Jamie Lucke | Kentucky Lantern

Kentucky public school teachers protested outside the Kentucky House Chamber as they rallied for a day of action in April 2018. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Kentucky public school teachers protested outside the Kentucky House Chamber as they rallied for a "day of action" in April 2018.
(Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

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.


Minority rule is anti-American, but it’s how Republicans are governing in Arizona

by Jim Small | Arizona Mirror


Florida welcomes you, with certain exceptions

by Diane Roberts | Florida Phoenix


Peeling back Kansas GOP leaders’ self-serving rhetoric on transgender sports bill

by Clay Wirestone | Kansas Reflector


Enslaved workers are making your breakfast: Wisconsin confronts labor trafficking

by Ruth Conniff | Wisconsin Examiner


Stop tolerating gun extremists. Shame them.

by Quentin Young | Colorado Newsline


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