We Need More Scandals Edition

Still Pissed: Fox41’s Bill Lamb is still pissed at the federal government about having to keep his analog signal on through June. But Bill, you could have shown some guts and gone forward without the other stations. [Fox41]

Look, More People to Blame: Are you starting to get the feeling that the courts are going to eventually make Max Gilpin’s parents rich? After reviewing more evidence, they’re adding the principal, athletic director and an assistant coach at PRP to their civil lawsuit. And Sheldon Berman is standing by principal David Johnson and criticizing the newspaper. [C-J]

Give Me a Home: The homeless problem is getting worse, and a lot of people are moving in with relatives. And it doesn’t help that the Metro government can’t administer federal grants. [C-J]

Speaking of Homeless, Jerry Takes a Meeting: After representative of several homeless groups held a press conference yesterday saying, no, they weren’t surprised at all the mismanagement allegations in the state auditor’s report, Jerry Abramson set up a meeting with them for next week. The groups indicated that they’ve been silent about the problems for years out of fear that speaking out would endanger their grant money. [WAVE]

Casinos Still in Power in Indiana: Give them credit for trying, but Indiana lawmakers lacked the courage to pass a strong statewide smoking ban, instead providing an exemption for casinos and bars.  The bill that passed the Hoosier House requires places like Horseshoe to make 20 percent of its space non-smoking.  That place, by the way, really stinks. Smokers can have it. Now the bill’s up to the Senate. [IndyStar]

Let the Spending Begin: But none of that stimulus money will go toward building bridges. $52 million is going to Jefferson County Public Schools, and Sheldon Berman says that means he won’t have to layoff so many workers. [WHAS, C-J]

Return to Appalachia: That Diane Sawyer special on eastern Kentucky pulled some huge ratings, and the producers are back in the hills to produce a follow-up that will air Friday night at 10. It got the biggest audience for a 20/20 episode since 2004. [Herald-Leader]

Ashley on Tape: Watch Ashley Judd’s speech in Frankfort yesterday, thanks to the H-L, and read Billy Reed’s love letter to her. [Herald-Leader, BillyReedSays]

Heard on the Homo Mafia Gayvine: There’s some hanky panky going on at the Kentucky Equality Federation, and Jack Conway’s crew has sniffed it out. [Page One]

Yarmuth, Berman: JCPS Receives $50 Million

Congressman John Yarmuth and Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Sheldon Berman today announced that JCPS will receive $50 million+ over the course of two years from the economic stimulus bill just signed into law.

“With 18,000 Louisvillians employed by JCPS, this funding will protect jobs today while we ensure our children are able to compete in tomorrow’s global workforce,” Congressman Yarmuth said. “Investing in the education of our children is the only way we can ensure that today’s economic stimulus becomes a true and lasting recovery for future generations of Americans.”

“We’re very appreciative of Congressman Yarmuth’s persistent leadership on behalf of Louisville children and JCPS,” said Superintendent Berman. “He served as a true advocate for obtaining additional funding so that our public schools could thrive through these turbulent economic times.”

Most of the funds will stream through Title 1 and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. They’ll be used for instructional activities, counseling, parental involvement, program improvement and, of course, educating students with disabilities.

What are your thoughts?

Happy Ending for Hot Wheels

That Ebay sale conducted by the state — listing former education commissioner Jon Draud’s car, paid for by taxpayers — ended with a bid of about $24,100 on the vehicle that cost the state $30,697.

So we lost about $6,500 on the whole episode and learned what a poor choice Draud was for the job. Now, no one in state government will admit that, but that’s another story.

Draud suffered a stroke last September and resigned in January when he figured out he couldn’t do the job any longer. And though he claimed he was going to pay the state if it wasn’t able to sell the car for what it paid, he changed that tune when he resigned from his job.

The state attempted to do some P.R. on the story by claiming that Draud gave up about $40K in compensation by waiving the money in his separation agreement, but failed to mention the four months Draud collected his full salary while he was doing much less than full-time work.


Page One & The ‘Ville Voice On TeeVee

What happens when candidates for elected office do stupid things? We talk about them on television! And the same goes for Robert Felner and the University of Louisville. So, ladies, get all up on it and watch our segment from the CW today.

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CYA 2008: Education & Student Aid Damage Control

Mere days after Governor Steve Beshear delivered the gloom and doom news of his budget cuts for state universities, days after University of Kentucky President Lee Todd sent out a damning email and only one day after six state university presidents testified in Frankfort, the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority sent out a blast of its “Financial Aid Tip of the Month” preaching wonders of student financial aid, the CAP program and KEES scholarships.

Perhaps the best known program is the merit-based Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES). Students at certified Kentucky high schools earn college scholarships based on their yearly grade point average and their best ACT score. Home school graduates and GED recipients earn awards based on their ACT score.

Students do not have to apply for a KEES award. If they attend a participating Kentucky college, KHEAA will automatically send the scholarship money after the school reports that they are attending classes. KEES awards may also be used at some out-of-state colleges, but only if the school is in a state that participates in the Academic Common Market and the student is pursuing an approved major not available in Kentucky.

Classic CYA, no?

Read the rest at Page One…