Pew Trusts: Free tuition spreading from cities to states; Work Ready KY targets specific interests

By Marsha Mercer Pew Charitable Trusts To churn out more workers with marketable skills, an increasing number of states are offering residents free tuition to community colleges and technical schools. The move also is a reaction to fast-rising tuition costs — increases that stem, in part, from states reducing their financial support of public colleges and universities. Morley Winograd, president...

Pew Trusts: Seven 2017 statistics that informed, inspired us to tackle today’s toughest challenges

Pew Charitable Trusts takes on some of today’s toughest issues, by applying a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public police, inform the public and invigorate civic life. Here are the stats that drove Pew’s work in 2017: 1. Opioids claim 91 American lives daily That sobering stat stems in part from two others: • More than 20 million Americans have a substance use disorder (so...

Report shows rise in inmates released without supervision; Kentucky’s reforms highlighted

  Nationwide, more than one in five state inmates maxed out their prison terms and were released to their communities without supervision in 2012, undermining efforts to reduce reoffending rates and improve public safety, according to a report released today by The Pew Charitable Trusts.   A wide range of laws and policies adopted in the 1980s and ’90s has resulted in a sharp increase...

New legislation strengthens HANDS program, which helps parents with at-home visits

Gov. Steve Beshear signed legislation May 8 to strengthen Kentucky’s voluntary home visiting program known as HANDS, the Health Access Nurturing Development Services program.   HANDS is offered through local health departments across Kentucky and serves overburdened young families by offering information and support for parents with the goal of helping their children grow to be healthy and safe...