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Accountability Steering Committee looks to change accountability system in Kentucky's schools

07/25/2016 04:53 PM

FRANKFORT – How to implement the new federally mandated Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) with a new Kentucky accountability system designed by commonwealth stakeholders was the focus of the second meeting of the Kentucky Department of Education Accountability Steering Committee held on Monday. ESSA, which is to be implemented for the 2017/18 school year, replaces No Child Left Behind which was signed into law by President George W. Bush in January 2002. The committee, made up of teachers, principals, superintendents, education administrators,... Read more 

Judge questions process Gov. Bevin used to remove University of Louisville board members

07/22/2016 01:08 PM

FRANKFORT – Questions about the process Gov. Matt Bevin used to replace the University of Louisville board of trustees was questioned by a judge during a Franklin Circuit Court hearing held in which the Attorney General Andy Beshear asked to temporarily block Bevin’s order, placing the university back under the authority of its previous leadership. While Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd did not rule on Beshear’s request, he did question why Bevin made the move without any consultation with anyone at... Read more 

Cabinet officials tell legislators that benefind is improving and will get better in the future

07/20/2016 06:45 PM

FRANKFORT – Officials from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services told members of the Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare on Wednesday that they continue to iron out the problems with benefind, the Bevin Administrations portal for needs based assistance programs like Medicaid and food stamps, which was launched on February 29. CHFS officials presented much of the same message last week to members of the Program Review and Investigations Committee. Office of Administrative and Technology Services Executive Director... Read more 

Judge to rule soon on legality of changes Gov. Bevin made to KRS board

07/20/2016 08:05 AM

FRANKFORT – After a 4 1/2 hour marathon hearing on Tuesday in Franklin Circuit Court, in the lawsuit intitiated by by Thommy Elliott and Mary Helen Peter, members of the former Kentucky Retirement Systems Board of Trustees, Judge Phillip Shepherd told attorneys that he will make a ruling soon on a number of executive order changes that Gov. Matt Bevin made to the Kentucky Retirement System Board of Directors including the termination of Board Chair Elliott. Other changes include, through the... Read more 

Tumultuous start behind them, cabinet officials say benefind on right track as lawmaker questions $3.5M paid to contractor for delays

07/14/2016 08:00 PM

FRANKFORT — After a rocky rollout in February, officials in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services told a legislative committee on Thursday that they have ironed out most of the issues that plagued benefind at its launch. But some lawmakers questioned the decision to open the portal for needs-based assistance programs like Medicaid and food stamps, with Sen. Danny Carroll suggesting that Attorney General Andy Beshear might want to look into whether the state could recoup some of the money... Read more 

Bevin says Trump “absolutely” credible, reacts to removal of former first lady’s name from education center, lawmaker’s claim of partisan arm-twisting

07/13/2016 06:43 PM

FRANKFORT — Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is “absolutely” credible for the nation’s highest office, Gov. Matt Bevin said Wednesday. Compared with President Obama, “it’s not even a comparison,” Bevin said of Trump’s credentials. But as he’s done in the past, Bevin reiterated his decision against endorsing Trump in his run for the White House. “What people think of him personally is up to them individually,” Bevin told reporters after a Capitol news conference. “I’ve not endorsed anybody in my entire... Read more 

Treasurer Ball defends motion to intervene in KRS case

07/13/2016 05:51 PM

Kentucky state Treasurer Allison Ball has stopped payment on two checks amounting to $50,000 from the Kentucky Retirement Systems to defend Thomas Elliott, who was ousted from his position as board chair in April. In an interview with Pure Politics on Tuesday, Ball said as treasurer she feels “strongly” about pension funds and making sure they’re used to aide retirees. Elliott is challenging Bevin’s authority to remove him from his post three years before his term was set to expire.... Read more 

Work Ready Skills Initiative will make Kentucky “manufacturing hub of excellence,” Bevin says

07/13/2016 05:37 PM

FRANKFORT – With $100 million budgeted in the current biennium for bonds to improve workforce development in Kentucky, Gov. Matt Bevin and other cabinet officials unveiled on Wednesday a new program to dole out those funds. The Work Ready Skills Initiative will link educational institutions and private businesses in partnerships aimed at improving work readiness throughout the state, Bevin said at a news conference in the Capitol Rotunda. The governor noted that Kentucky currently ranks 47th nationally in workforce participation, reflecting a... Read more 

UofL appointee declines post after tweeting about divisive topics and school athletics officials

07/12/2016 05:40 PM

A University of Louisville appointee who called for the resignation of the university’s president and athletics officials in the wake of scandal and opined on divisive topics like incompatibility of Christianity and homosexuality, evolution and climate change on Twitter has declined the post. Doug Cobb, entrepreneur-in-residence at the venture capital firm Chrysalis, notified Gov. Matt Bevin of the move in a letter on Tuesday. “You have honored me by appointing me to serve on the Board of Trustees of the University of... Read more 

Treasurer Allison Ball files lawsuit against former KRS board chairman Tommy Elliott

07/11/2016 02:02 PM

UPDATED: Republican Treasurer Allison Ball has filed a lawsuit to intervene in the case between ousted Kentucky Retirement Systems’ Board Chairman Tommy Elliott and Gov. Matt Bevin. On Monday, Ball filed a motion in Franklin Circuit Court to intervene in the lawsuit between Elliott and Bevin. Ball is attempting to stop the former KRS Trustee from using state funds to pay for his legal counsel. “My obligation as the State Treasurer is to the people of Kentucky and our retirees,”... Read more 

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