(WHAS11 Political Blog) Check out Stephanie Collins' report Sunday night that shows how a sweeping education reform effort dictated by the Obama administration is prompting unusally swift action by legislators and unusual cooperation by teachers unions. $200 million is at stake.
With each state being graded on how well it meets four criteria including turning around under-performing schools as well as tracking student and teacher achievement, half of the federal grant goes to the state the other half to local school districts based on poverty levels. Kentucky could qualify for up to $200 million.
But the grant is due next week so Kentucky is moving quickly, a full vote by the state house is expected Monday after passing in committee Friday, the first order of business.
The money is needed to help fund the recent overhaul of Kentucky education that threw out state-wide student testing known as CATS. Other reforms that could be funded include new standards for how subjects are taught and money for teacher training recently cut from Jefferson County.