House Speaker Greg Stumbo says he won’t support an increase in higher education funding until the University of Pikeville is a state school.
The Lexington Herald- Leader says the Prestonsburg Democrat believes making the school a fouryear state institution is the best way to improve access to higher education for students in Appalachia.
University President Paul Patton, the former governor, promoted adding the school to the state system nearly a year ago, but the idea ran into opposition and a compromise plan failed in the Senate. Gov. Steve Beshear then authorized a pilot scholarship program for students in nine eastern Kentucky counties. (AP)