President Bush speaks to the American people
"With this goal in mind, General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker have submitted recommendations on the way forward. After detailed discussions with my national security team, including the Secretary of Defense, Secretary of State, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, I've accepted these recommendations.
"The recommendation likely to receive the most attention is on troop levels. General Petraeus has reported that security conditions have improved enough to withdraw all five surge brigades by the end of July. That means that by July 31st, the number of U.S. combat brigades in Iraq will be down by 25 percent from last year.
Jon Draud Kentucky Commissioner of Education
Kentucky Education Commissioner Jon Draud issued a dire warning regarding the just approved 2009-2010 Kentucky Executive Budget placing a “heavy burden” on public schools.
The Department of Education staff is undertaking a complete assessment of the budget for the Governor. This program review goes right into the Governor’s review of the budget over this weekend.