Education

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University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto says looming budget cuts are a serious concern for higher education across Kentucky. He says a large percentage of college students in Kentucky are already borrowing money to attend classes, and he says higher tuition rates aren't the answer for funding problems. He spoke with Dan Modlin.

A Christian County lawmaker wants to create a statewide program that would encourage pre-schoolers to develop a love of books. Hopkinsville Representative John Tilley’s bill has cleared the House Education Committee, and is something he calls “Books for Brain”.

A bill creating an alternative diploma for special needs students is one vote away from becoming law. Senate Bill 43 would apply different core standards to qualified students who would then earn the alternative diploma. Currently, special needs students in Kentucky receive only a certificate when they graduate.

The chairman of the House Education Committee says his modifications to a dropout bill will help broker a compromise between the House and the Senate. Both chambers recently passed legislation effectively raising Kentucky’s high school dropout age, but there are key differences between the bills.

Currently, students can’t drop out of high school on their own until they’re 18 years old. But with parental consent, they can drop out at age 16.

The Administrative Council at Western Kentucky University has approved a scholarship program that is expected to help more than seven hundred students reduce their costs for summer school this year. The program applies to undergraduate students with a 3.0 GPA or higher, who take at least six hours during Summer Sessions 2012.

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