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1:45 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Holliday's Plans for Race-to-the-Top Funds

Frankfort, KY – As a part of the federal Race-to-the-Top program, Kentucky will be receiving around $17 million dollars over the next four years to invest in education. The federal government requires that half be spent at the state level, and the other be doled out at the local level. But State Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says his department is working with individual school districts so that most of the money goes to teacher and administrator support.

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1:43 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Education Commissioner Comments on Teacher Evaluation Overhaul

Frankfort, KY – Kentucky's legislative education committee passed a teacher evaluation overhaul bill yesterday. House Bill 40 would make evaluations the responsibility of the state Department of Education rather than each individual school district. Part of the bill would bring student performance into evaluations, which teachers' unions disagree with. State Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says the inclusion of student performance is not the overall purpose of the bill.

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11:11 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Gold Coin Donation Nets High Return

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7:41 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Proposed Kentucky Debt Limit in Senate

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7:37 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Ed. Commissioner Visits Murray Independent Schools

Murray, KY – Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday reports to work in the Murray Independent school system today. The district won the visit in a silent auction last September. The Kentucky Department of Education says Murray Independent Superintendent Bob Rogers and school leaders came up with an itinerary that puts Holliday in the preschool and elementary, middle and high schools. His activities will include bus duty, music class, lunch with sixth-graders and a district leadership team meeting.

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7:35 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Paducah Offers to Pay Half of Convention Center's Bills

Murray, KY – Paducah city officials have introduced a measure to pay half of the Paducah Convention Center and Expo Center's delinquent power bills. Both buildings have run up close to $115,000 in power expenses since last November. Yesterday, the City Commission passed an ordinance to pay half the amount from funds held in the Commission's contingency account. The second half of the delinquent bill would be covered by McCracken County. The city commission will hold a final vote on the ordinance January 17th.

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4:46 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Kentucky House Passes Redistricting Plan

Frankfort, KY – The Kentucky House has approved a plan that would drastically alter the state s current congressional districts.

The plan passed 54-42, almost entirely along party lines. Only two Democrats state Representative Ben Nelson and former House Speaker Jody Richards voted against the new map.

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3:43 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Some Lawmakers Want to Sell Ad Space on School Buses

Frankfort, KY – With education a prime target for budget cuts, Kentucky state lawmakers are looking for new ways to fund schools

State Representatives Brad Montell, a Shelbyville Republican and Terry Mills, a Lebanon Democrat, have teamed up on a bill that would allow advertising on school buses. The bill was first introduced last session, but didn't make it out of the Senate.

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3:40 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

House Education Chairman Could Allow Charter School Vote

Frankfort, KY – A vote on legislation that would allow charter schools may finally have its day in the Kentucky state House education committee.

House Education Chairman Carl Rollins says he s considering allowing a charter school bill to receive a hearing and a vote in his committee this session. That s been unheard of since Rollins assumed the chair of that committee.

Rollins makes no guarantee he ll bring up a charter school bill, but says if there s legislation out there he can deal with, a vote could happen.

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2:50 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Bill Tying Teacher Evaluations to Student Performance Passes House Committee Again

Frankfort, KY – House Education Chairman Carl Rollins, D-Midway, is once again trying to reform how Kentucky s teachers are evaluated.

The latest incarnation of Rollins idea is House Bill 40, which the committee passed Tuesday morning. The legislation would create a statewide teacher evaluation system run by the state Department of Education starting in the 2013 school year.

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