Kentucky

April 6, 2018

Grudging support for TOPS changes

Three bills that would make it harder for students to earn and keep TOPS scholarships advanced from the House Education Committee Thursday. Supporters stressed the need to reform the program in order to reduce costs and avoid cuts in the upcoming fiscal year.

Number of the Day

$25,000 - The annual household income cap for students applying for the original need-based TOPS scholarships, as the program was designed by Patrick Taylor. Today, fewer than 15 percent of students come from the low-income families who earn below $25,000.  (Source: The Advocate)
January 25, 2018

Governor optimistic about state’s future

Gov. John Bel Edwards paid a visit to The Advocate’s editorial board last week, and said he remains optimistic about Louisiana’s trajectory despite the Legislature’s failure to address the state’s chronic structural budget shortfalls.

Number of the Day

40.1 - Amount of federal aid Louisiana receives as a percentage of state general revenue. (Source: Tax Foundation)
December 11, 2015

Friday, December 11, 2015

Educational inequalities worse in Louisiana; Diversity makes you smarter; Medicaid expansion popular in Kentucky; and Tax collections down this year