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This week at the Capitol: General Assembly marks halfway point; deadline to introduce new bills passes

The Kentucky General Assembly’s 2021 session reached one of the milestones Capitol observers eagerly await with this week’s arrival of the deadlines to introduce bills in the Senate and House. Now, with 881 bills filed for consideration, we have a fairly comprehensive view of the issues lawmakers may consider in the remaining weeks of the session. Legislation filed before the deadline included...

James Graham Brown Foundation announces grants of more than $7 million to Kentucky organizations

The James Graham Brown Foundation has announced $7,185,000 in grant awards to Kentucky organizations that support the foundation’s strategic focus areas of education and workforce development. Approved during the foundation’s board of Trustees meeting February 16, the partnerships are aimed at spurring the growth of stronger, more competitive communities in the state. Grant receipients are: •...

Commentary: Every Kyian needs access to high-speed internet for school, work at home, telehealth

By Brigitte Blom Ramsey and Colby Hall Special to KyForward 2021 is off and to the races, and already one topic is still dominating debate across our communities, state, and nation: access to high-speed internet. Upload speeds, middle mile, fiber, last mile, low earth orbiting satellites … for the average person, it is easy to get lost in the weeds. Technical terminology and complicated diagrams...

Charles Leis: Education Opportunity Grants empower parents with choice to meet their students needs

Supporting public education or school choice is not an either/or situation – both public and nonpublic schools can thrive if we give parents the opportunity to make choices about the resources their child needs. Our organization — EdChoice Kentucky — agrees with the majority of KY voters that Kentucky parents should have the power to choose what education opportunities meet their student’s...

Kentucky Chamber’s ‘Achieving Equity to Build a Stronger Kentucky’ report calls for justice, equity

Kentucky has an opportunity to embrace significant changes to achieve racial equity, but progress will not occur until educational attainment is improved, fairness is ensured in the criminal justice system and economic empowerment is increased for people of color. That is the message of a new report from the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Task Force on Racial Inequality, “Achieving Equity to Build...

Beshear reports 2,990 cases, 31 deaths, extends masks, talks vaccine, urges New Year’s at home

Gov. Andy Beshear urged Kentuckians to ring in the new year safely and announced two new vaccine allocations, totaling 53,700 doses, for Kentucky the week of Jan. 4: 27,300 doses from Pfizer and 26,400 doses from Moderna. “I ask every single Kentuckian to keep any New Year’s celebration small, preferably your own household or one more,” said Beshear. “Remember, going to a big party, hosting...

Bluegrass Community and Technical College offers Healthy at Work training for businesses

The COVID-19 pandemic has left many businesses in need of assistance with keeping their places of work safe, healthy and productive. In response, Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) Workforce Solutions is offering online Healthy at Work training for businesses. The Healthy at Work fully online training provides up-to-date information on COVID-19 risk factors and protective actions to...

Kentucky Department of Agriculture internship program application period open for college students

Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles is encouraging Kentucky college students seeking a career in agriculture or government to apply for positions in the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s (KDA’s) internship program for the 2021 summer. Ryan Quarles “Our KDA interns gain the unique opportunity to work alongside department employees and serve the citizens of the Commonwealth,” Quarles...

New Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship campaign encourages adults to go to college

Never Underestimate You! That’s the mantra behind a new campaign for the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship, an effort to boost education and employability among adults. The scholarship, which West Kentucky Community and Technical College WKCTC) began offering in 2017, offers up to 60 hours of free tuition for anyone who has not yet earned an associate degree. It covers various technical programs...

Community Trust Bancorp recognized by ‘2020 Women on Boards’ advocacy campaign

Jean R. Hale, Chairman, the president, and CEO of Community Trust Bancorp, Inc., has announced that Community Trust has been recognized by the organization “2020 Women on Boards” as a Winning “W” company for 2019, for having “at least 20 percent women on your board of directors.” Community Trust Bancorp, Inc. has the following women on its Boards of Directors: • Jean R. Hale – Chairman,...

Donald Saelinger: We are America divided and that cannot stand; we must find common ground

“United we stand, divided we fall” is a phrase that can be traced back to the 6th Century B.C. American extremism has grown to epidemic proportions and divides us into rigid camps: Democrat vs. Republican, pro-choice vs. pro-life, progressive vs. conservative, black vs. white, and even Pro-America vs. Anti-America. What has happened to compromise and respect for each other? Subgroup division...

Transylvania announces Pioneer Plus initiative, giving students options to expand college experience

Transylvania University’s new Pioneer Plus initiative offers students registered for the 2020-21 academic year a number of choices to continue their education, athletics and activities at Transylvania while making the best decisions for themselves right now. New options give students the choice of extending their undergraduate career at Transylvania tuition free. The Healthy at Transy reopening plan...

Billy Reed: Dream worth pursuing is black athletes with good education, fully part of whole society

For as long as I can remember, and that’s longer than most, people in the sports world, including myself, have been proud of our history of integration. We point to the likes of Jesse Owens, the African-American star of the 1936 Olympics, held in Hitler’s Nazi Germany; Joe Louis, the heavyweight boxing champion in the 1930s and ‘40s; and Jackie Robinson, who broke baseball’s color barrier in...

Commentary: Improve access, strengthen ties to health care with school-based health centers

By O’dell Moreno Owens, Tony Cox and Sally Jordan Health and education go hand in hand. If children are bothered by tooth decay, poor vision or untreated asthma, they won’t be able to reach their full potential in the classroom. Tony Cox One way to strengthen the ties between education and health is through school-based health centers. As the name implies, school-based health centers are health...

Beshear unveils ‘Education First’ budget ending 14 years of cuts; funds health, pensions, social workers

Gov. Andy Beshear outlined his first budget to lawmakers on Tuesday prioritizing education, health care and protecting our children, underlining his belief that a budget is a statement of values. “It is a budget that not only ends years of painful cuts, it also makes a major investment in public education, fully funds expanded Medicaid, makes a historic investment in protecting our children, directs...

Rob and Lauren Hudson: Letter of Common Ground about free enterprise, education, and training

Letters for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa We write to make a case for promoting free enterprise because this part of American life has set the stage to educate and train hundreds of millions of Americans. We want a system that unifies educators, business, and the rest of us, by rewarding educational attainment and training with workplace opportunities. That system...

State of Commonwealth: Gov. Beshear says state’s future depends on Kentuckians working together

In his first State of the Commonwealth address on Tuesday, Gov. Andy Beshear said Kentucky’s future depends on leaving divisive politics in the past and focusing on providing opportunity for every Kentucky family.   Gov. Beshear said the transformational and positive change Kentucky families count on occurs when we break the cycles of poverty, abuse and addiction, and obtain a good-paying career,...

State lawmakers convene Tuesday for 60-day session — and two-year budget is at the top of the agenda

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today State lawmakers return to Frankfort on Tuesday, January 7, with a two-year budget topping the agenda for the 60-day session. Both the House and Senate have a Republican supermajority, and the relationship with Republican Gov. Matt Bevin was still contentious at times. With Democrat Andy Beshear now in the Governor’s office, will the current cordial relationship last? Senate...

KCTCS to invest $2.7 million to close workforce gaps; BCTC hires Gary Robinson as project coordinator

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System is investing $2.7 million during the next three years to close workforce gaps by promoting apprenticeship opportunities. Bluegrass Community and Technical College has hired Gary Robinson as a full-time project coordinator to oversee the program in Central Kentucky. Gary Robinson Robinson has been an active leader in industry and education for over...

Task force of educators wraps up 4-days of meetings on developing quality curriculum for schools

A task force of educators convened by Commissioner of Education Wayne Lewis and led by the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) completed four days of meetings aimed at improving the process of developing quality curriculum for Kentucky’s public schools that are directly aligned to the state’s academic standards. The task force – comprised of superintendents, district curriculum leads, principals,...