Eastern Kentucky University just enacted a hiring freeze. Kentucky’s community college system has started laying off workers. Morehead State University put all its employees on an unpaid furlough. All over the state, public universities have started what’s become an biennial rite of belt-tightening in the face of state budget cuts and increased fixed costs for pensions and health insurance.
A University of Kentucky fraternity has been suspended for five years because of alcohol and hazing violations that included forcing pledges to drink until they vomited, watch gay porn and do calisthenics in pools of vomit.
Lexington police continue investigating a case in which a suspect used a social media app to reach out to elementary students with inappropriate comments and requests for sexual photos and videos. Det. Tyson Carroll reminds parents to monitor their children’s cell phones.
Kentucky education and drug control officials are working with a pharmaceutical company that is offering two free doses of Narcan nasal spray for the emergency treatment of heroin and opioid overdose to every high school in the United States. Fayette County Public Schools, for now, are declining the offer.
The Lexington Catholic High School Board of Trustees issued a statement Friday announcing the formation of a committee to oversee diversity, ethics, and cultural competency initiatives and saying it “does not in any manner, shape or form condone harassment — racial, sexual or other bullying tactics that could be considered threatening.”
Gov. Matt Bevin could have a significant impact on K-12 education policy in Kentucky when in the next few weeks he makes several appointments to the Kentucky Board of Education and the Education Professional Standards Board.
Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear agreed Thursday to a proposal by Gov. Matt Bevin’s general counsel to set aside about $18 million that would have gone to Kentucky’s universities and colleges until a judge rules on the legality of Bevin’s decision to cut their budgets midyear.
A Cardinal Valley Elementary School teacher who dragged a young special-needs student down a school hallway is fighting the termination of her contract. Security cameras recorded Charlene Looney as she dragged the child.