Automaker Toyota is helping Kentucky schools expand an early childhood learning program.
Toyota is giving $115,000 to open 10 more Born Learning programs in the commonwealth. The 10 elementary schools are Hiseville Elementary in Glasgow; Crabbe Elementary in Ashland; Burgin Elementary in Burgin; May Valley Elementary in Prestonsburg; Grandview Elementary in Bellevue; East Calloway Elementary in Murray; H.W. Wilkey Elementary in Leitchfield; Berea Elementary in Berea; Farley Elementary in Paducah; and Boston Elementary in New Haven.
Illinois officials are encouraging school administrators and teachers across the state to talk to students about tornado safety when they return to classes this fall. To help get the message across, the state Emergency Management Agency has just released a video on tornado preparedness and is asking school administrators and others to watch it. The agency says the video outlines steps such as identifying shelter space within school buildings and plans they can make to move students to shelter if there is a threat of a tornado.
Illinois Education officials are considering a proposal to let schools stop offering free bus service as another way to cope with the state's budget crisis. In legislation that may be offered this week, the State Board of Education could ask to either get rid of the buses or charge for carrying students each day. The change would be part of a new system for distributing state money for student transportation. The Illinois Association of School Boards says transportation spending has been slashed 42% since 2010.