Actor and author Henry Winkler is a keynote speaker at this week’s National Conference for Middle School Educators in Louisville. Winkler will be joined by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday.
Kentucky has been selected to model a new initiative that helps implement the common core state education standards. Kentucky was the first state to adopt the standards, which look to unify what students learn (map shows current states that have adopted the standards). Now, the Kentucky Department of Education will help develop a framework for providing professional development at the state level, said Joellen Killion, senior advisor with the organization Learning Forward. It’s a non-profit that plans to work with seven states over the next two years.
The mayor of Hattiesburg, Miss., Democrat Johnny DuPree, is the first black candidate to win a major party's nomination for governor in the state since Reconstruction. He's a long shot in the election against a well-funded lieutenant governor, Republican Phil Bryant. DuPree is not focusing on race, saying he'd rather talk about issues and his leadership skills.
The state of Alabama recently passed of the toughest immigration laws to date. As a result, both legal and undocumented migrants have fled the state in droves. Cassidy Herrington reports that Kentucky farmers and workers fear a similar measure would devastate Kentucky's 2.4 billion dollar agriculture industry.
Voters will help choose the entire range of state government's top elected officials on Tuesday, but have few choices when it comes to local races. The turnout is not expected to be all that great. "I think it will be better than it was in the primary (when it was about 7 percent), but it still will be low," said Webster County Clerk Valerie Franklin Newell.
You didn't have to be a boxing fan in the '70s to know the name Joe Frazier and to know that he'll forever be linked to Muhammad Ali.
Smokin' Joe was, as The Associated Press reminds us, the first man to beat Ali, "knocking him down and taking a decision in the so-called Fight of the Century at Madison Square Garden in 1971. He would go on to lose two more fights to Ali, including the epic 'Thrilla in Manila.' "
Students younger than 18 who bring tobacco to East or West Jessamine high schools in Nicholasville can find themselves paying a steep price. School resource officers at the two Jessamine County high schools now issue citations to underage students if they are caught with cigarettes or tobacco products on school property. The tickets are referred to Jessamine County Juvenile Court, where students can face fines of as much as $150 for violations, Jessamine Superintendent Lu Young said.
All you have to say is the word ‘immigration’ today and it’s likely to spark some debate. The growing population of immigrants, both legal and illegal, has also prompted lengthy discussions inside Kentucky’s churches. Many believe they should welcome strangers into their communities Many congregations across Kentucky may be divided when considering the proper response to illegal immigration.