Bevin touts bright future as many Dems skip state of the Commonwealth

 by Scott Wartman , swartman@nky.com – With the Republicans in complete control of all branches of state government, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin painted a rosy picture of Kentucky’s future on Wednesday. It was Bevin’s first State of the Commonwealth address since Kentucky Republicans took control of the Kentucky House of Representatives this past election. That might be why…

Senate GOP leader wants to change how library boards are chosen

BY JOHN CHEVES, jcheves@herald-leader.com –  FRANKFORT — Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, said Wednesday that he wants to place limits on the taxing authority of local library boards by requiring their members to either be elected or appointed by an elected official, such as the county judge-executive. Staring at a hearing room full of library supporters wearing yellow…

Educators to discuss making college transfers easier

VERSAILLES, Ky. (AP) – Higher education officials from across Kentucky are meeting in Versailles to discuss making transferoptions between community colleges and universities easier for students. A statement from the Kentucky Community and Technical College System says it is working with the Council on Postsecondary Education to bring together nearly 200 educators on Wednesday to participate in…

KEA backs top priority Senate bill reforming education

by Nick Storm, @NStorm_politics –FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Education Association is backing Senate Republican’s top priority education reform bill this session. Senate Bill 1 would largely change the shape of education in the commonwealth by more closely mirroring the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) allowing more local control and ending the influence of Common Core in both state standards and…

Seven bills to watch in the Kentucky Senate this week

BY JOHN CHEVES, jcheves@herald-leader.com –  The Kentucky General Assembly resumes its 2017 session Tuesday afternoon with an ambitious conservative agenda set by the state’s newly unified Republican leadership. When lawmakers adjourned Jan. 7 for a monthlong break, they had just passed a flurry of bills establishing new restrictions on abortion and labor unions, and Gov. Matt Bevin enthusiastically signed…