* In Frankfort some heavy topics were up for discussion on Tuesday during the legislative session. They included a move to try to stop sex trafficking and an effort keep Kentucky colleges funded. The state’s pension crisis and Governor Matt Bevin’s budget proposal are both still up in the air. Lawmakers in Frankfort are also pushing the United States Congress to close online loopholes used by sex traffickers. Representatives were ready to take up a bill that would add a life skills curriculum for Kentucky students and would create a committee to manage how it’s taught. A rally for higher education was also held on Tuesday. Students were asking lawmakers to lessen the blow of expected cuts to colleges and universities. Right now Governor Bevin’s proposed budget does include some noticeable scale backs.
* Learning to be on time and working with others are among “soft skills” that would be part of the public school curriculum, if approved by the Kentucky House. House Bill 3, sponsored by House Majority Floor Leader Jonathan Shell, R-Lancaster, would require K-12 schools to include basic workplace etiquette and skills, called “essential skills” in the bill. If approved, it would be launched beginning with the 2019-2020 school year. The bill was approved Tuesday by the House Education Committee. Educators say it would teach kids the basics of communication, etiquette and being reliable. HB 3 would also require the state to work with the new Council on Essential Skills and other groups to develop “age-appropriate” drug prevention and awareness standards for K-12 students. Instruction based on the standards may be delivered through a program developed at the school or district level. HB 3 now goes to the full House for consideration.