Brenna Angel (KPR) http://wkms.org en Farmer Indicted on Felony Fraud Charges http://wkms.org/post/farmer-indicted-felony-fraud-charges <p>A federal grand jury has indicted former Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer on four felony counts of misappropriating state funds and one of solicitation.&nbsp; The indictment, unsealed today in Lexington, charges Farmer with using his state position to obtain thousands of dollars' worth of gifts, hotel rooms, clothing and computers. It also charges him with hiring friends who did little or no work for the state.&nbsp; The indictment says that throughout his tenure as agriculture commissioner from 2004 to 2012, Farmer wrongfully used public funds and state resources to obtain goods and services for himself and his family. Mon, 22 Apr 2013 15:18:21 +0000 Todd Hatton, The Associated Press & Brenna Angel (KPR) 30860 at http://wkms.org Farmer Indicted on Felony Fraud Charges KY Education Commissioner Diagnosed with Vocal Cord Disorder http://wkms.org/post/ky-education-commissioner-diagnosed-vocal-cord-disorder <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>It’s no secret that Dr. Terry Holliday has been having trouble with his voice.</p><p>“Well I’ll keep it short because I can’t talk anyway,” Holliday joked at a recent press conference.</p><p>For an education commissioner whose primary job is to communicate with teachers, school officials, and policymakers, that can be a problem. Tue, 16 Apr 2013 21:55:38 +0000 Brenna Angel (KPR) 30658 at http://wkms.org KY Education Commissioner Diagnosed with Vocal Cord Disorder Schools Join Advance Kentucky, But Program Funding to End http://wkms.org/post/schools-join-advance-kentucky-program-funding-end <p></p><p>Ten high schools across the state are joining Advance Kentucky, a program to train teachers and get more students taking Advanced Placement exams.</p><p>In 2007 Kentucky received $13 million from the National Math and Science Initiative to start the program. Gregg Fleisher is the Chief Program Officer for that organization.</p><p><em>“Since Advance Kentucky has been in the program, Kentucky ranks first in the country for the percentage increase in the number of students passing Advanced Placement exams. First in the country,” he said.</em> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 13:11:26 +0000 Brenna Angel (KPR) 30436 at http://wkms.org Schools Join Advance Kentucky, But Program Funding to End Education Commissioner Hopes Public Scrutiny Will Halt School District Scandals http://wkms.org/post/education-commissioner-hopes-public-scrutiny-will-halt-school-district-scandals <p></p><p>School superintendent contracts, benefit packages, and evaluations will be available to the public online under recommendations supported by Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday and state Auditor Adam Edelen. Thu, 14 Mar 2013 20:13:22 +0000 Brenna Angel (KPR) 29313 at http://wkms.org Education Commissioner Hopes Public Scrutiny Will Halt School District Scandals Kentucky Receives $7.7 Million to Assist Low-Achieving Schools http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-receives-77-million-assist-low-achieving-schools <p></p><p>Kentucky is one of 11 states receiving federal grant money to help low-achieving schools, including Christian County High School. Kentucky will get $7.7 million from the School Improvement Grant program to use at what the state Department of Education calls “priority schools.” Tue, 12 Mar 2013 20:41:59 +0000 Brenna Angel (KPR) 29205 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Receives $7.7 Million to Assist Low-Achieving Schools Edelen Hopes for Agreement on Special Taxing Districts Proposal http://wkms.org/post/edelen-hopes-agreement-special-taxing-districts-proposal <div style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0"><p></p><font color="black" face="Tahoma" size="2"><span dir="ltr" style="font-size:10pt"><font size="4"><span style="font-size:14pt">State Auditor Adam Edelen is hoping lawmakers can reach an agreement next week on a proposal to better regulate more than 1,200 special taxing districts across Kentucky, what Edelen calls “ghost government.” Special taxing districts include local airport boards, water districts, and community action agencies.</span></font></span></font></div><div style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0"><font color="black" face="Tahoma" size="2"><span dir="ltr" style="font-size:10pt"><font size="4"><span style="font-size:14pt">&nbsp;</span></font></span></font></div><div style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0"><font color="black" face="Tahoma" size="2"><span dir="ltr" style="font-size:10pt"><font size="4"><span style="font-size:14pt">The bill has passed the House and Senate, but the Senate’s version would give oversight of the taxing districts to county governments, something Edelen opposes.</span></font></span></font> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 19:59:22 +0000 Brenna Angel (KPR) 29086 at http://wkms.org Edelen Hopes for Agreement on Special Taxing Districts Proposal AP Exams A Growing Trend in KY Schools http://wkms.org/post/ap-exams-growing-trend-ky-schools <p>More than 12-thousand Kentucky public high school graduates took an Advanced Placement Exam last year according to new data released today by the College Board. That represents a 74% increase from the graduating class in Kentucky five years ago. AP courses are more rigorous than typical high school classes and many universities offer students college credit for earning a qualifying score on the end-of-year exam.&nbsp;&nbsp;Trevor Packer is senior vice president of the Advanced Placement Program. Wed, 20 Feb 2013 23:01:34 +0000 Brenna Angel (KPR) 28335 at http://wkms.org AP Exams A Growing Trend in KY Schools University of Kentucky Partnering to Establish Education Center http://wkms.org/post/university-kentucky-partnering-establish-education-center <p></p><p>The University of Kentucky is partnering with two non-profit foundations to establish the National Center for Innovation in Education. With a focus on college and career readiness, the center will assist states in implementing the Common Core standards and helping students learn on a deeper level. Fri, 08 Feb 2013 21:29:54 +0000 Brenna Angel (KPR) 27844 at http://wkms.org University of Kentucky Partnering to Establish Education Center Data Released From Comprehensive Survey of Kentucky's Horses http://wkms.org/post/data-released-comprehensive-survey-kentuckys-horses <p></p><p>Kentucky is home to around 242,400 horses, according to new data released from a statewide survey. From June to October of last year, researchers with the National Agricultural Statistics Service counted equines across the state, ranging from thoroughbreds at large farms to ponies in people’s backyards. Wed, 23 Jan 2013 21:23:04 +0000 Brenna Angel (KPR) 27134 at http://wkms.org Data Released From Comprehensive Survey of Kentucky's Horses Comer Prepares For Industrial Hemp Bill In General Assembly http://wkms.org/post/comer-prepares-industrial-hemp-bill-general-assembly <p>Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer is continuing a push for the reclassification of industrial hemp from a Schedule I drug to a legal crop. He told members of the Lexington Forum Thursday that state Senator Paul Hornback will file an industrial hemp bill next week in time for the upcoming legislative session. Comer has spent the past several months trying to convince law enforcement officials that industrial hemp will not lead to an increase in marijuana growth, but he says the decision ultimately rests with General Assembly. Thu, 03 Jan 2013 19:21:02 +0000 Brenna Angel (KPR) 26368 at http://wkms.org Comer Prepares For Industrial Hemp Bill In General Assembly