City becomes charter member of national network dedicated to increasing the number of low-income students reading on grade level
Louisville was named an All-America City by the National Civic League today based on its ambitious plan to ensure that more children are reading at grade level by the end of third grade.
Chosen from a field of more than 100 entries, Louisville’s plan was submitted by a community coalition that included Metro United Way, the Louisville Office of Youth Development, the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood, Kentucky Out-of-School Alliance, MUW Community Impact Cabinet, Louisville OST Coordinating Council, and the Wallace Foundation. The community was one of 14 awardees selected from 32 finalists.
"I am delighted that the All-America Cities program recognizes the potential of our plan," said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. "As a city, we are united with one common agenda: to make Louisville a well-educated city where getting off to a good start toward learning is part of everyone’s job and is ingrained into our DNA. It is now time to add muscle to our work – there is no limit to what we can achieve through focus, teamwork and perseverance."
A task force has told Mayor Greg Fischer that Louisville Metro Parks should consider raising user fees and selling some parkland, steps the mayor would take only as a last resort to fixing an annual funding shortfall of around $15 million, compared with spending on park systems in other cities.
“We now have a blueprint as we begin to look strategically at the parks department,” Fischer spokesman Chris Poynter said.
Poynter said the administration has begun to analyze the report and prefers not to comment yet on specific suggestions. But he said Fischer believes the city has budgeted all the money for parks that it can afford. “We know there isn’t enough money to go around and that the maintenance needs are many,” he said. Poynter said he said Fischer would support raising user fees or selling land only as a last resort.
FRANKFORT, KY. — Sen. Perry Clark invoked the legacy of the late marijuana advocate Gatewood Galbraith on Thursday, announcing plans to refile legislation that would allow doctors to prescribe marijuana for medicinal purposes.
The bill, called the Gatewood Galbraith Memorial Medical Marijuana Act, would reclassify the drug as a Schedule II substance available for medical treatment under a doctor’s direction.
It also would allow patients to possess up to 5 ounces of marijuana or cultivate up to five plants for their own medicinal use.
Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., joins MSNBC’s Martin Bashir to explain why Kentucky voters may not like what Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., says on health care – and why Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Il., has “anger management issues”.
Martin Bashir: "So, how would you characterize this republican response since the supreme court decision? is is it sulking? bitter, sullen? what is it?"
Rep. John Yarmuth: "Well, all of the above plus misinformed, plus a little desperate. I think what you know, you've seen it in the polls over the last few days. A slight majority of americans now support the supreme court decision and the provisions of the law because they're learning more and more about the benefits to them so I think the republicans are in a great, great deal of kind of confusion right now." [Video after the jump]
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