Education Commissioner Denies Free Trips Influenced Contract Decision, Rand Paul to Release GOP Jobs Plan, UK President Says Schools Must Modernize, Occupy Louisville Continues: Afternoon Review

  • Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says international trips paid for by an education foundation did not lead to the decision to contract with its business arm. The New York Times reported several states entered into agreements with Pearson after it gave them free trips. Holliday says there were no ethical violations.
  • Offering an alternative to President Obama and his American Jobs Act, Kentucky’s Rand Paul, John McCain of Arizona, and Rob Portman of Ohio have drafted and released a “Real American Jobs Act.”
  • University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto says the state’s economy and the proposed super-region between Louisville and Lexington relies in part on upgrades to public universities.
  • A week and a half in, the Occupy Louisville protest continues in Jefferson Square Park downtown, but the protest’s size and location change throughout the day.