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Bill Would Allow Students to Attend School Outside Their Home District

A new bill in Kentucky would allow students to go to school outside of the district they live in, as long the new district allows it.

State Senator Ken Winters is sponsoring the bill because of concerns he’s heard from parents in his district. He says the measure isn’t aimed at getting students out of low-performing schools, but is instead tailored to parents who commute outside their home county.

“So what this bill does it says that a parent or guardian shall have the privilege of enrolling a child in a district other than the district of their residence contingent upon the willingness of the district to accept the out of state pupil under this subsection,” he says.

And as an incentive, the schools districts will split the state monies students receive.

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Bill to Allow Ads on School Buses Likely to Die in State Senate Again

A bill to put advertising on the sides of school buses appears to have once again met its death in the Kentucky Senate.

For the second year in a row, the House has overwhelming passed a bill that would allow school districts to sell ads on buses. Proponents of the measure say it could raise up to $10,000 per bus for local school districts.

But the chairman of the Senate Education committee, Republican Senator Ken Winters, says his peers still don’t support the measure after killing it quietly last year.

“I have not received any indication from any of my members on the committee that they feel differently this time,” he says. “So I’m not optimistic that we would progress that bill.”

The House has bipartisan support for the bill. But critics worry about offensive advertisements appearing on school buses.


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Winters Says Dropout Bill Has ‘Best Chance’ to Pass State Senate This Session

After years of trying, a proposal to raise Kentucky’s school dropout age could be on track to becoming law.

The measure is a key part of Governor Steve Beshear’s legislative agenda. But every year it has died in the state Senate as critics say the bill isn’t enough to help uninterested students.

That trend may be reversing this year. Senate Education Chairman Ken Winters says the dropout bill now has its best chance yet to pass both chambers, due to a draft of the measure in the Senate that adds alternative and technical education to appeal to students who would otherwise drop out.

“We’re discussing that right now and there may be an initiative coming out shortly in here that would be a slightly different approach to it,” says Winters. “We would want to make sure that before implementation there is an available alternative experience. [It] doesn’t have to be called an alternative school but they need some kind of option.”

Beshear signaled openness to the additions in his State of the Commonwealth address. The current House bill does not include such measures and its sponsor, Representative Jeff Greer has said he believes it should be dealt with in a different bill. But he hasn’t closed the door on it.

Supporters want to raise the dropout age from 16 to 18 years old. So far this year, the measure has only passed a House committee.

Local News Politics

Hubbard Says 2012 State Senate Bid Will Be His Last

Former Kentucky Congressman Carroll Hubbard says he will run for public office for the last time next year.

Hubbard, a Democrat, has notified the Kentucky Board of Elections that he will run for the state Senate seat now held by Republican Ken Winters of Murray.

Hubbard tells the Murray Ledger and Times that, at age 74, this will be his final bid for public office.

Hubbard’s political career began in the state Senate in 1967. He served in Congress from 1975 to 1993, representing the 1st District, but lost his seat after getting caught up in the House banking scandal,
then served two years in prison for violating federal campaign finance laws.

Hubbard ran unsuccessfully against Winters in 2008. He tells supporters that he believes his chances are better in 2012 because many voters supported a straight Republican ticket in that race.

(Information for this story also came from the Associated Press)