Kentucky Senate president’s bill for public university research wins committee approval

BY: - February 23, 2024

FRANKFORT — Republican Senate President Robert Stivers’ bill to set up endowed research funding for research consortiums between two or more public universities is heading to the Senate floor.  Senate Bill 1, which Stivers previously introduced alongside a Senate Joint Resolution to further explore how higher education opportunities can be expanded in Southeastern Kentucky, received […]

Kentucky senator wants to expand school safety law with ‘guardians’ and mental health reports

BY: - February 22, 2024

FRANKFORT — A Kentucky Republican is once again seeking to strengthen security and mental health measures in schools to prevent school shootings in the commonwealth. This time, the legislation includes having certified guardians fill in for law enforcement officers in schools that do not currently have officers and compiling data on mental health initiatives and […]

As Kentucky lawmakers push anti-DEI bills, Black scholars define diversity

BY: - February 22, 2024

FRANKFORT — Against the backdrop of the Kentucky General Assembly considering a couple of bills that would limit diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in education, a panelist of Black scholars and academics met to define the state’s past and present with DEI.  The discussion concluded the Kentucky Legislative Black Caucus’ annual Black History Speakers Series […]

GOP bill would give Kentucky teachers 20 days of maternity leave

BY: - February 21, 2024

FRANKFORT — If a Republican-backed bill passes, Kentucky public school teachers would gain maternity leave, something not currently available to them. Senate Bill 205, sponsored by Sen. Lindsey Tichenor, of Smithfield, would provide 20 days of maternity leave to  public school employees after giving birth. Under the bill, employees could  begin to use sick leave after […]

University of Kentucky president says he opposes anti-diversity legislation moving in General Assembly

BY: - February 19, 2024

University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto is publicly opposing proposed restrictions on higher education that are pending in the General Assembly, including a Senate-approved bill aimed at curbing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). “As the University of Kentucky’s president, let me be clear: I am opposed to the legislation regarding both DEI and tenure,” Capilouto […]

Despite bipartisan opposition, Senate passes bill changing sick-leave pay for teacher retirees

BY: - February 14, 2024

FRANKFORT — A few Senate Republicans joined Democrats in voting against a measure that would change how Kentucky teachers are paid for accumulated sick leave when they retire, but the bill received enough votes to pass Wednesday.  Some Republicans argued Senate Bill 4 was necessary to ensure the Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) can continue to pay […]

House approves easing educational requirements for substitute teachers in Kentucky

BY: - February 14, 2024

FRANKFORT — A proposal to lower the educational requirements to be a substitute teacher in Kentucky easily cleared the House Wednesday. Before voting in favor of House Bill 387, Democratic Rep. Sarah Stalker of Louisville warned that the need for the bill is a symptom of a larger problem: the state’s shortage of teachers and […]

On party lines, Kentucky Senate OKs bill to curb diversity, equity, inclusion in higher education

BY: - February 13, 2024

FRANKFORT — Kentucky Senate Republicans passed a bill aimed at curbing diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in public universities and colleges Tuesday.  Senate Bill 6 was sent to the House on a party line vote with 26 Republicans voting in favor and seven Democrats voting against it.  The sponsor, Senate Republican Whip Mike Wilson, of […]

Education measures aim to protect students, certify more substitute teachers, examine funding

BY: - February 13, 2024

FRANKFORT — A renewed effort to help schools avoid new hires who have a history of sexual misconduct, a response to the substitute teacher shortage and a fresh look at the school funding formula are among education legislation introduced in this session of the Kentucky General Assembly. House Education Committee Chair Rep. James Tipton, R-Taylorsville, […]

Republican senator will ask Kentucky lawmakers to put $300 million into strengthening child care

BY: - February 12, 2024

Republican state Sen. Danny Carroll has announced his anticipated child care legislation will come with a $300 million, two-year price tag.  The ambitious proposal, called the Horizons Act, would have Kentucky spend far more than the $104 million over the biennium approved by the House for the child care sector and the $141 million that […]

Stivers wants to further explore a four-year university in Hazard, endow collaborative research

BY: - February 9, 2024

Senate President Robert Stivers wants another study on how to expand higher education opportunities in Southeastern Kentucky.  This time, the Manchester Republican is sponsoring Senate Joint Resolution 132 calling on the Council on Postsecondary Education to study turning the Hazard Community and Technical College into a four-year residential university.  Study: Building a new public university […]

Conservative student testifies ‘I’m used to being in the minority’ as anti-diversity bill advances

BY: - February 8, 2024

FRANKFORT — A bill that would curb diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) programs in Kentucky’s public universities advanced from a legislative committee Thursday after undergoing several changes. The original Senate Bill 6 would have allowed employees and students to sue public universities and colleges on grounds they were discriminated against for rejecting “divisive concepts.” Under […]