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?

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