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It’s Official: Stephen Pruitt’s contract ratified; first day as education commissioner Oct. 16


  By Brad Hughes Special to KyForward   Signed, sealed, hired.   The Kentucky Board of Education unanimously ratified a contract Tuesday morning making Stephen Pruitt the state’s chief administrator for elementary and secondary education. The action came during the …

Wildflower author shares roots to make Leestown’s budding student writers better


  When they met Cynthiana native Alecia Whitaker, eighth-graders at Leestown Middle realized authors can be quite entertaining not only in their books but also in person. Whitaker enlivened her 40-minute talk with a role-play exercise and snippets of humor …

State rankings a point of celebration, a call
to action for Fayette County Public Schools


  Two Fayette County Public Schools previously spotlighted for low student achievement posted significant gains in the latest release of state accountability data, while the the district reclaimed its proficient rating as a district and produced score increases at more …

Graduation, student readiness continue to increase, while achievement gaps persist


Staff report   Data released from the Kentucky Department of Education show a mixed bag of results for the state’s public schools.   First, the good news: The latest Unbridled Learning Assessment and Accountability results show the number of students …

Science Guy: Can you make metal sing?
Yes, with your hands and a bit of rosin


Can you make an aluminum rod sing? According to the “Science Guy” Jason Lindsey and a kid scientist, you can and all you need are a few ingredients from around the house.   Singing Rod   INGREDIENTS   · 2 …

Eleven Kentucky schools honored
as 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools


The U.S. Department of Education has honored 11 Kentucky schools as 2015 National Blue Ribbon School for overall academic excellence and the exemplary high performance of its students.   They are:   ‣ Beechwood Elementary School, Fort Mitchell ‣ Blessed …

Pedestrian safety reminders are helpful
for students before Walk to School Day


  Because many of its students walk to school, a refresher on pedestrian safety was much appreciated at William Wells Brown Elementary.   “A lot of them will dart across the street, and if this helps them take a few …

FCPS superintendent says he will make ‘full recovery’ after malignant tumor removed


Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk underwent an 18-hour surgery last week to remove a malignant tumor from his sinus cavity.   “Before I moved to Lexington, I believed that the best team at the University of Kentucky played …

Miss Kentucky: ‘I look at the crown every
day and remember where I came from’


  By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   When Lafayette High School graduate Clark Davis speaks with school groups, she brings a poignant four-point message along with her sparkly silver crown. Davis, as Miss Kentucky 2015, is spending a …

Lexington Public Library produces interactive e-book as primer for kids’ reading-readiness


  The Lexington Public Library has produced an interactive e-book designed to help parents, daycare providers, and preschool teachers organize story times that will help get children ready to read.   Storytime-to-go: A Reading-Readiness Guide for Parents and Preschools takes …