Kentucky’s plan to implement federal Every Student Succeeds Act takes a step forward

Kentucky’s plan for implementing the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) has taken a step forward in the process toward approval. Pruitt Last week the United States Department of Education (USED) provided feedback based on its initial review of the plan submitted in September. “Overall, I am pleased with where we are in the process and the feedback we have received,” Commissioner of Education...

Kentucky Education Commissioner asks public to offer feedback on Every Student Succeeds plan

Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt is encouraging all Kentuckians to read and offer feedback on the draft Consolidated State Plan Under the Every Student Succeeds Act that lays out a blueprint for public education in Kentucky. Kentucky Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt Under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaced the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), state education...

Commentary: Courage required as Kentucky works to implement Every Student Succeeds Act

By Stephen L. Pruitt Special to KyForward Courage, a simple word. Nearly everyone knows how to define it. Many statements exemplify it. It takes courage to rush into battle, to stand before a crowd of peers, to even take a stand for what is right. It takes just as much courage to be patient (especially in a highly charged environment that screams rush), to listen to others, to admit when you do not...

Commentary: Fast-advancing, onerous education standards act puts the cart before the horse

By Rep. Derrick Graham Special to KyForward I hate to be trite by starting with the expression “cart before the horse,” but it accurately and concisely captures the problems with Senate Bill 1, an onerous piece of legislation that would overhaul education and accountability standards in public schools. As the saying implies, the solutions proposed in SB 1 are contrary to conventional wisdom. Late...