Education

An attempt to piggyback charter school legislation on another bill has likely killed two plans for education reform in Kentucky.

The state Senate Education committee today added language legalizing charter schools to a charter alternative plan sponsored by Representative Carl Rollins, who chairs the House Education Committee. Charter supporters hoped Rollins would allow the amendment in order to see his alternative become law, but it's unlikely the plan will work.

"The charter school part of the bill has no chance and I'm pretty sure the whole bill is dead," says Rollins.

A new report says college students in America are a trillion dollars in debt. Kentucky has seen a similar increase where annual student-debt climbed from $324 million in 1999 to almost $1.2 billion a decade later. Erin Klarer, who’s a vice president with Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority, still says taking on such debt can sometimes be the right choice.

“You know we don’t want to blanket that all debt is bad but we do at KHEAA we want to encourage responsible borrowing,” said Klarer.

A plan to create scholarships for college students in the Appalachian region is in danger after the Senate removed the funding in its budget proposal.  The scholarship program was intended as a compromise after a bill to move the University of Pikeville into the state university system couldn’t garner enough support.  It would give college juniors and seniors money to attend private universities or public university partnerships in the Appalachian region to finish their education.  The House’s version of the budget funded the scholarships with coal severance tax money, but the Senate remove

Kentucky Schools Could Be in Line for Grant Money

Mar 23, 2012
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Kentucky schools will learn today whether they have been selected to participate in a new, almost 27 million dollar college-readiness grant program. Known as GEAR UP, or Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, the federal grant expects to serve 10,000 Kentucky students from low-incomes schools over six years. The goal is to increase the number of students who finish high school and continue their education. The recipient schools will be announced later this morning.

The Christian County Board of Education is finalizing search a committee as they look for a new superintendent.

Dawson Springs Superintendent Retires

Mar 21, 2012

The Dawson Springs Independent School District will be searching for a new superintendent for the upcoming school year. Current Superintendent, Alexis Seymore announced her retirement Monday, effective at the end of the current school year. Seymore served in the post since 2004.

Kentucky high school students will compete this week in the national Poetry Out Loud recitation contest in Frankfort. Champions from 21 high schools across Kentucky will participate in the state finals Wednesday at the Capital Plaza Hotel. The contest was launched in 2006 by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. The Kentucky Arts Council says it helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage. The state winner receives $200 and a trip to Washington for national finals.

Bullying Bill Heard in House

Mar 13, 2012

Parents of children who committed suicide after being bullied at school testified before the Kentucky House Education committee Tuesday, advocating a bill that they say would strengthen the state’s current bullying law. The measure would prohibit harassing behavior and communication based on a student’s race, ethnicity, religion, physical or mental disability, gender, and sexual orientation.  Representative Ben Waide, a Republican from Hopkins County, said he opposed the bill because it would provide special rights to certain people. 

Kentucky students are getting advice this week on how to prepare for college as part of Operation Preparation. Eighth- and 10th-grade students will meet with trained community advisers to review their college and career plans. The sessions will their career aspirations and the required education and training involved. Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says the goal is to help students maximize their academic preparation and stay on track for success during high school and beyond. The majority of Kentucky school districts will participate in Operation Preparation.

Kentucky has been the home of bass fishing for some time, and while the sport is a statewide obsession, not until this year has it been officially incorporated into the high school sports spectrum. The Kentucky High School Sports Association made a decision last month to include bass fishing as a varsity sport across the commonwealth.  Drew Adams has more.

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