I was honored to join Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray and several of my fellow state attorneys general at a press conference held earlier this week in Washington, D.C. to announce legal action against ITT, a for-profit college chain accused of predatory student lending. The CFPB alleges that ITT exploited its students and pushed them into high-cost private student loans that were very likely to end in default. As chair of the national working group of 32 state attorneys general who are reviewing the practices of some for-profit colleges, protecting our students is an issue I care very deeply about. There are some schools within the for-profit college industry that are more interested in getting their hands on federal student loan dollars than in educating students. To date, I have filed lawsuits against four for-profit schools, and I remain committed to keeping the for-profit college industry honest. You can watch a recording of the press conference hosted by the CFPB here.
On Thursday, I traveled to King Middle School in Mercer County with Mike Donta to share our Keep Kentucky Kids Safe message with the students there. Mike’s son died in 2010 after a long battle with prescription drug addiction, and his story is a powerful one. Mike is dedicated to warning kids across our Commonwealth about the dangers of abusing drugs, and I am thankful for his contributions to the Keep Kentucky Kids Safe initiative. I am also appreciative of our educators, including King Middle School Principal Terry Gordon and his staff at Mercer County Schools, who support our efforts and allow us to speak to their students. Be sure to check out photos from the program on our Facebook page here.
This afternoon, I had a great conversation with fellow members of the Substance Abuse Treatment Advisory Committee during our public meeting held at the Capitol. It was also wonderful to chat with several representatives from various treatment providers in Kentucky who attended our meeting. Currently, the committee is accepting proposals on how to best utilize approximately $20 million allocated for KY Kids Recovery, a juvenile substance abuse treatment grant program established in January. For more information about the program and the Request for Information process, please visit kykidsrecovery.ky.gov.
Next week, my office will be unveiling ICareAboutKids.ky.gov, a newly designed website created to benefit the Child Victims’ Trust Fund. The CVTF has provided funding for child sexual abuse prevention programs since 1985. The updated website will provide resources for child abuse prevention and help promote the CVTF, and I’m eager for everyone to see it. Check back for more details on this initiative Wednesday.
On Monday, I’ll be catching up with my radio friends at WLGC in Ashland, WKDZ in Cadiz, WBVR in Bowling Green, and WTTL in Madisonville. I always enjoy calling the stations and sharing the latest news from my office with listeners. I hope you’ll tune in if you live in one of those areas.