Busy Day In Frankfort

TEACHING INCENTIVE

The state would pay for for high school students taking advanced placement tests that could earn them early college credit, under a plan the Kentucky House approved on Monday.

High schools would receive money to help pay for advanced math and science courses through a special fund created by the legislation. Meanwhile, middle schools would be eligible for grants to develop rigorous math and science programs, under the plan.

The House approved the proposal on a 98-0 vote, and it heads back to the Senate for consideration.

When the bill was approved by the Senate, it included bonuses for math and science teachers based on pupils' advanced placement test scores. That provision was removed from the House version, however, after opposition by the Kentucky Education Association.

Among other things, the proposal would also increase use of the Kentucky Virtual High School, which offers courses online.

The legislation is Senate Bill 1.

TAX INCENTIVES

A tax incentive package aimed at preserving Ford Motor Co.'s two production plants in Kentucky won final approval from the state House of Representatives on Monday.

The measure now goes to Gov. Ernie Fletcher, who in his State of the Commonwealth speech had asked lawmakers to approve incentives for the financially ailing automaker.

Jefferson County is home to two Ford manufacturing plants.

The proposal that cleared the House on a final 98-0 vote would offer tax incentives for the company to retool its operations and retrain local employees to work there.

The legislation is House Bill 536.

MINIMUM WAGE

Kentucky's lowest paid workers would get a pay raise under a measure that has cleared the General Assembly on Monday and now goes to Gov. Ernie Fletcher for consideration.

The measure was approved 93-5 in the House after the lawmakers concurred with a technical change made in the Senate.

Currently, the minimum wage in Kentucky is $5.15 an hour. Under the proposal, it would increase to $5.85 when the legislation takes effect, $6.55 an hour in July 2008 and $7.25 an hour July 1, 2009.

Kentucky's plan to raise its minimum wage comes as federal lawmakers in Congress are pondering a similar move.

If approved, it would be the first time in 10 years for an increase in the minimum wage in Kentucky.

Gov. Ernie Fletcher has not publicly said whether or not he supports the measure.

The legislation is House Bill 305.

TEACHING INCENTIVE

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The state would pick up the tab for high school students taking advanced placement tests that could earn them early college credit.

The House approved the plan today.

High schools would receive money to help pay for advanced math and science courses through a special fund created by the legislation. Meanwhile, middle schools would be eligible for grants rigorous math and science programs, under the plan.

The House approved the proposal on a 98-to-zero vote, and it heads back to the Senate for consideration.

When the bill was approved by the Senate, it included bonuses for math and science teachers based on how pupils' advanced placement test performances. That provision was removed from the House version, however, after opposition by the Kentucky Education Association.

Among other things, the proposal would also increase use of the Kentucky Virtual High School, which offers courses online.

The legislation is Senate Bill 1.

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