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2017 February 20 - 02:45 pm

Community Colleges Cited as Better Choice than For-Profits

The Education Department issued its first round of data measuring whether graduates of 8,700 career programs earn enough money to repay their student loans. It stems from the Obama administration’s new “gainful employment” rule, which aims to weed out programs that leave students with heavy debt and light income.
2017 February 20 - 02:45 pm

UConn Rejects 20% of Community College Credits

The legislation would require officials from UConn and the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education to sit down together and develop easy-to-use uniform “pathways” that would allow students to enroll in courses guaranteed to transfer among all of the state’s public schools.
2017 January 24 - 03:28 pm

Law Allows Concealed Firearms in Nearly Every College Building

A law enacted by the GOP controlled Legislature and signed by Brownback in 2013 expanded the rights of gun owners age 21 and older to carry concealed weapons into public buildings. It allowed state universities and community colleges to exempt themselves for four years.
2017 January 24 - 03:28 pm

State Aims To Produce More Graduates, Keep Them In State

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — In an effort to produce workers who can either navigate a computer keyboard or wield an acetylene torch, Gov. Asa Hutchinson suggested a way for high school graduates, home-school graduates and non-traditional students to learn skills without paying a dime.
2016 October 6 - 04:41 pm

$17.8 Million at Stake as Governor, Attorney General Face Off Over Funding

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration and Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear both appeared before the state Supreme Court in the first of several likely public showdowns in coming months. At stake is $17.
2016 July 28 - 04:04 pm

Legislative Commission Has Yet To Approve Pilot Project Funding

Called Gateway to Work and slated to have begun July 1, the program would target people making up to 200 percent of the federal poverty line, give them skills training, access to transportation or help with child care and send them to employers desperately in need of qualified workers.
2016 July 27 - 04:14 pm

Second Chance Pell Grants Intended to Reduce Recidivism

For decades, the federal government has banned the use of Pell Grants funds for such rehabilitation efforts. But the Obama administration has launched the Second Chance Pell Pilot Program as a way to study whether reinstating Pell Grants for prisoners might boost their chances of finding employment.
2016 April 27 - 07:22 am

Budget Provides Free Community College for State’s High School Graduates

Both sides agreed to major concessions. House Democrats agreed to cut spending on public colleges and universities by 4.5 percent over the next two years. They also agreed colleges and universities will have to compete for a certain portion of their state funding beginning in 2017 under.
2016 April 27 - 07:22 am

Students Won’t Know Until June How Much Scholarship Aid They’ll Receive

Formally called the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students, TOPS provides free tuition to students who meet certain academic benchmarks. The program’s price tag has mushroomed, and lawmakers are weighing several ways to tweak TOPS to lessen its cost..
2016 April 13 - 10:38 pm

Democrats, Republicans Differ on Education, Pension Funding

The money is just a small part of a budget proposal authorizing more than $65 billion in state spending over the next two years. But it represents a pair of warring campaign promises in an election year that could determine who controls the last legislative chamber in the South still run by Democrats.
2016 April 13 - 10:38 pm

Technical College Would Benefit from Measures

The four bills increase grants for technical college students; create grants to help two-year students deal with financial emergencies; require the Department of Workforce Development to coordinate internships with colleges and employers; and require colleges to provide students with annual information about their debt levels.
2016 April 10 - 05:06 pm

25 Percent of State Allocation Would Be Based on Performance Metrics

Senate Republicans outlined a proposal that would pit the two schools against each other in a competition of various education standards. At stake is 25 percent of each school’s budget allocation. The winner gets the full amount. The loser gets less..
2016 March 22 - 01:20 pm

Plan Sets Legislature on Collision with Budget-Cutting GOP Governor

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Democratic majority in Kentucky’s House of Representatives wants to offer free community college tuition to all of the state’s high school graduates, signaling a likely confrontation with new Republican Gov. Matt Bevin over state spending.

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