Kentucky is implementing a statewide screening system for kindergarteners this year. Governor Beshear, First Lady Jane Beshear, and Education Commissioner Terry Holliday made the announcement in Frankfort Thursday.
"As a former teacher, I understand how getting to know a student's needs and abilities early in the school year can make a big difference in helping that child to succeed," said Mrs. Beshear.
Every school district in the state will use the Brigance Kindergarten Screener, a tool used by many states to gauge a child's school readiness. Courtney Daniel in the Governor's Office of Early Childhood says a student cannot fail the screening.
"The screener is a moment in time snapshot of the child's development," Daniel explained. "It's not an entrance exam for kindergarten, and it's not going to be used to track or label children."
The screening system was piloted in 109 Kentucky school districts last year. Data collected from those districts indicate that a majority of children are socially and emotionally ready to enter kindergarten. However, many students did not achieve at high levels in the areas of cognition, language, and motor skills.
A major tourist draw in our region is offering a chance to see the world's largest cave system for free.
Mammoth Cave National Park will offer free Mammoth Passage cave tours on Sunday, August 25, in recognition of Founders Day, the founding day of the National Park Service.
“On August 25, 1916, Congress passed the Organic Act, which established the National Park Service,” said Superintendent Sarah Craighead. “I hope many of our friends and neighbors will help us celebrate by attending one of these free tours."
The free Mammoth Passage tours will depart from the visitor center at the following times: 8:45, 10:15, 11:15, 12:00, 1:15, 2:15, 3:30, and 4:30. The ¾-mile, 1¼ hours Mammoth Passage tour is limited to 40 people. Participants need to pick up a free ticket in the visitor center before going on the tour.
Supporters of legalizing medical marijuana are once again urging Kentucky lawmakers to increase access to the drug. Advocates say marijuana can help treat pain and provides health benefits to the user—something disputed by critics of legalization.
One of Kentucky’s most vocal and passionate supporters of medical marijuana is Louisville Democratic Senator Perry Clark, who has repeatedly sponsored legislation that would make the drug available through a doctor’s prescription. Speaking to members of a joint legislative Health and Welfare Committee, Clark said marijuana is “forbidden medicine.”
Supporters of medical marijuana say it could be a much better pain-relieving alternative to highly-addictive prescription drugs like oxycodone. But critics, like Lexington Republican Representative Robert Benvenuti, said the medical evidence concerning the benefits of marijuana is still an open issue.
An internationally-recognized cancer research team is leaving one Kentucky university for another.
A group of top researchers is leaving the University of Louisville for the University of Kentucky, one month after UK announced it was becoming home to the state’s first National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center.
The Courier-Journal reports the four researchers will establish the UK Center for Regulatory and Environmental Analytical Metabolomics, or UK-CREAM. The center is expected to bring to UK over $17-million in federal funding over five years.
Officials at UK say they didn’t actively recruit the U of L researchers, but were instead approached by them.
One of the researchers, Andrew Lane, said he and colleagues made the move because UK was in “an expansion phase, particularly in cancer, which is very attractive to us.”
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is warning motorists to be prepared for possible delays this week and next along the southbound lanes of I-65 in Hardin County:
Contract crews are making repairs along concrete sections of southbound Interstate 65 in Hardin County, requiring closure of two lanes. Only one lane will be available for southbound travel from mile point 103 (Rolling Fork River Bridge) to mile point 100 (just south of KY 313/Joe Prather Highway).
Work will take place over the next two weeks, Sunday night through Thursday morning. Lengthy delays are possible during this time, especially mid and late day. Motorists should watch for stopped and slow moving traffic ahead. Those who seek an alternate route may use the following:
- Exit 105 at Lebanon Junction on to KY 61, to US 62, to KY 52, to Bluegrass Parkway and rejoin I-65 in Elizabethtown
All lanes will be open from Thursday afternoon through Sunday afternoon to better accommodate higher traffic volumes.