Kentucky’s education commissioner reflects on first year, touts new approach to accountability

By John Gregory, KET –  With everything on his plate during his first year as Kentucky’s commissioner of education, Stephen Pruitt didn’t expect to be testifying before Congress. But there he was, giving his thoughts on the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to House and Senate committees earlier this summer. Pruitt praised lawmakers for passing…

Sanders-Brown Center on Aging receives $8 million grant for Alzheimer’s research

by LINDA BLACKFORD, lblackford@herald-leader.com – The University of Kentucky’s Sanders-Brown Center on Aging has been awarded an $8.25 million, five-year grant to continue its work on Alzheimer’s disease. The grant will continue Sanders-Brown’s designation as an Alzheimer’s Disease Center, one of only 30 in the country. UK’s center was among the first 10 centers designated in 1985, and…

Did judge retire at filing deadline to help his wife succeed him?

by GREG KOCHER, gkocher1@herald-leader.com – The timing of a family court judge’s announcement of his resignation — and the subsequent filing by his wife to succeed him — has raised questions in Clark and Madison counties about whether the retirement was orchestrated to prevent competition from other potential candidates. Jeffrey Walson, who retired effective Aug. 7, denies the…

Experts explain Ky law to force drug treatment

by Laura Ungar and Beth Warren, @BethWarrenCJ –  The Courier-Journal’s community forum on the region’s prescription pill and heroin crisis, “A Way Forward,” drew more than 400 people July 21 with dozens of questions for featured panelists. Here are answers to more of your questions. Question: People do not seem to be aware of the opportunity to use Casey’s…

Ky Democrats did not get July cash windfall

by Tom Loftus, @TomLoftus_CJ –  FRANKFORT, Ky. – It turns out that the Kentucky Democratic Party did not get a windfall cash transfer last month from a Hillary Clinton political committee. In a report filed with the Federal Election Commission earlier this week, the Kentucky Democratic Party reported receiving $793,000 in July from “HVF,” or Hillary Victory…

Kentucky’s new juvenile justice chief oversaw raid in Texas

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – A retired Texas official who oversaw a raid on a polygamist sect has been chosen by Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration to run Kentucky’s Department of Juvenile Justice. The Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/2bIm0KF) reports Carey D. Cockerell begins his new role in Kentucky next month. Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley on Friday praised Cockerell’s…