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Teacher Appreciation Week: A teacher remembers those who mattered most — and you should too

By Chris Wright Ludlow High School In recently reflecting on my time as a student in a public K-12 school, I have been reminded of so many caring and compassionate teachers that laid the foundation for my life beyond the walls of Ludlow Independent Schools. I have had a long and successful educational career, one that will culminate when I complete the coursework phase of my doctoral degree and begin...

Dorsey Ridley: A perspective on what happened in legislature last week, overturning vetoes and more

Legislators returned to Frankfort on Friday and Saturday for the final two days of session — and we were not alone. Teachers and retirees were back at the Capitol, dressed in their red shirts, rallying for public education. As with all my sessions in Frankfort, I was a strong advocate for our public schools and for all those in education who have dedicated their careers and lives to our students....

Keven Moore: No such thing as ‘restroom rights’ for teachers, nurses; that could account for shortages

It’s common knowledge today that teachers and nurses are overworked, stressed, under appreciated, disrespected and disillusioned. Consequently many are leaving their profession at such a high rate—to the point where many states are dealing with teacher and nursing shortages. Meanwhile, the number of college students who choose to go into these professions is steadily dropping as well.   There...

Teachers gather in Frankfort for march on Capitol for voice on state budget as lawmakers convene

Staff report Traffic jams in Frankfort early this morning, long lines of cars at Interstate off-ramps, the Capitol parking garage already filled and crowds already gathered around the Kentucky Education Association building — all signs of a major gathering of teachers for protests as lawmakers address a state budget. A rally and march of the state’s teachers will start at KEA headquarters...

KEA president speaks out about the pension bill sent to Bevin’s desk; rally set for Monday at Capitol

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Stephanie Winkler, president of the Kentucky Education Association, spoke with passion and fire in an emotional press conference concerning Thursday night’s passage of the pension reform bill and delivered a stark and threatening message to legislators who voted in favor of Senate Bill 151.   “Anyone that voted yes for this bill will need to start packing up their...

More than a thousand teachers, public school employees rally at Capitol to make voices heard

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A cold, blustery day failed to keep well more than a thousand teachers and other public school employees from a rally on the front steps of the state Capitol on Wednesday. Most of the attendees were from eastern and northeastern Kentucky, where several school districts closed so teachers could rally to preserve their pensions and funding for education. Teachers from across...

This week in Frankfort: Pension bill delayed as it’s sent back to committee; other bills in the works

Capitol observers have been tuned in for months to find out what form lawmakers’ public pension reform plans might take and how legislators would cast their first votes on the issue.   They got some answers as Senate Bill 1 advanced through a Senate committee this week.   On Wednesday, the latest version of proposed pension was approved by the Senate State and Local Government Committee on a  7-4...

Jeff Rubin: As the bumper sticker says – if you can read this, thank a teacher; they believed. . .

If you can read this, thank a teacher. I saw that bumper sticker on the back of a car I was following on the highway the other day. The sticker brought a smile to my face. More than that, it made me think about the important role teachers have played in my own life growing up. A role that could just as easily be applied to anyone of us, including our children and grandchildren. Throughout my formative...

College Week gives life to students' dreams at Booker T. Washington Primary Academy

Travaughn Paschal, a senior linebacker at UK, spoke to second graders at Booker T. Washington Primary Academy about his experiences in school. (Photo provided)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   During College Week at Booker T. Washington Primary Academy, youngsters learned about their teachers’ pursuit of a diploma, heard a UK football player stress the importance of academics,...

Teachers Who Made a Difference program accepts nominations now through Mar. 16

  By Whitney Harder and Jenny Wells     In its 17th year, the University of Kentucky College of Education’s Teachers Who Made a Difference program is now accepting submissions for the 2015 program.   UK women’s basketball coach Matthew Mitchell is once again teaming up with the College of Education to offer this program that gives people an opportunity to thank a teacher,...

School Board Recognition Month: The rise of the women in numerous roles

(Photo from Wikimedia)   By Madelynn Coldiron Special to KyForward     Not only have Kentucky women increased their numbers on school boards over the past three decades, they have done so as a greater percentage than women in other locally elected positions.   “I do think that attitudes have changed in that more women feel a responsibility to participate in their community and...

Fayette County Public Schools now has 200 teachers with National Board Certifications

  By Tammy L. Lane Fayette County Public Schools   A dozen more local teachers recently earned National Board Certification, which is a demonstration of their practice as measured against high and rigorous standards. That brings the total to 200 throughout Fayette County Public Schools, including 10 already-certified teachers who joined the district in 2014-2015.   National Board Certification...

Lexington League of Women Voters honors essay contest winners and teachers, mentors

Col. Scott Brown, Henry Clay HS Liberal Arts teacher; Claire Thompson, 9th grade student at Henry Clay HS; Amir-Abou Jaoude, 11th grade student at Henry Clay HS; Barbara Sterrett, LWV board member; and Henry Clay HS principal Greg Quenon (Photo provided)   Essay contest winners for the Lexington League of Women Voters were announced. Three students and their teachers were honored.   First...