Race to the Top http://wkyufm.org en Kentucky House Backs Funding for Child Care Rating Expansion http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-house-backs-funding-child-care-rating-expansion <p>The Kentucky House is backing a significant expansion of the early child care provider rating system.&nbsp;&nbsp; It will mean hundreds more child care centers will be able to tap into the “Star Rating” program offered by the state.&nbsp; The expansion will necessitate training paid for by federal dollars through the “Race to the Top” grant program.&nbsp;<br /><br />One of those supporting the measure is Louisville Representative Joni Jenkins.&nbsp; Jenkins works at a community college and sees many young people involved in remedial programs.&nbsp;<br /><br />“I cannot tell you how heartbreaking it is to work with students who will be in developmental math four and five semesters and I know that’s because they didn’t get what they needed at a very early age,” said Jenkins.</p><p>While the bill passed the House 77 to 13, there were a number of lawmakers who expressed concern about paying for the training long term.&nbsp; Bowling Green Representative Jim DeCesare says he supports boosting pre-school education for children, but still wonders about the cost.<br /><br />&nbsp;“That doesn’t mean that I can’t ask the question where is the money going to come from after the grant runs out.&nbsp; Who’s going to pay for it,” said DeCesare.<br /> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 21:13:25 +0000 Stu Johnson (Kentucky Public Radio) 43851 at http://wkyufm.org Kentucky House Backs Funding for Child Care Rating Expansion Beshear Announcing $41 Million Race to the Top Grant for Co-ops http://wkyufm.org/post/beshear-announcing-41-million-race-top-grant-co-ops <p>Governor Beshear is announcing a major Race to the Top educational grant to several Kentucky school district cooperatives. The governor will be joined by state education commissioner Terry Holliday, the leaders of several educational co-ops, the Hart County Schools superintendent, and other education leaders.</p><p>A news release issued by the Governor’s office said Beshear will announce in Shelby County Monday morning $41 million in Race to the Top grant money to be shared by Kentucky school district co-ops.</p><p>Those groups include the Green River Regional Educational Cooperative, which includes districts across south-central Kentucky, and the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative, a consortium of school districts in north-central Kentucky.</p><p>Twenty-two districts from those two co-ops joined in an application and were awarded one of the nation’s two largest District-Race to the Top grants.</p><p>Race to the Top is a federal education program created to spur innovation and reforms in state and local district K through 12 education. Sun, 25 Aug 2013 12:00:00 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 36008 at http://wkyufm.org Kentucky Schools to Take Another Shot at Federal Education Grants http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-schools-take-another-shot-federal-education-grants <p>Twenty-nine Kentucky school districts plan to apply for a new round of Race to the Top grants. The U.S. Department of Education will dole out $400 million to districts this December. The DOE wants recipients to use the money to personalize student learning. Wed, 05 Sep 2012 21:27:53 +0000 Kentucky Public Radio 18676 at http://wkyufm.org