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Kentucky child care provider survey shows critical need for federal support due to COVID-19 crisis

According to a recent survey of Kentucky’s 2,172 child care providers, 11 to 15 percent of providers who responded may have to close permanently due to the financial impact of the COVID-19 crisis if federal aid is not increased. “This threat could break an already fragile child care ecosystem that lost nearly half of its providers from 2013 to 2019,” said Prichard Committee President and CEO...

Education officials urge students to apply for federal financial aid amid decline caused by COVID-19

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE), the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) and the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence are urging all high school seniors, college students and returning adults to apply for federal aid this year amid a decline in applications due to COVID-19. The number of Kentucky students filing the Free Application for Federal Student...

Prichard Committee: New five-star ratings and 2019 test data spotlight need for shared vision and action

The results released from the Kentucky Department of Education include a new rating system for Kentucky schools and evidence of student performance declining in most subject areas and for many student groups. The Prichard Committee urges all Kentuckians to study both the ratings of their schools and the underlying data on how well we are equipping the next generation to succeed. Three primary areas...

Prichard Committee: Monitoring school performance needed across groups; communities must mobilize

The Prichard Committee supports meaningful standards, high expectations and robust accountability that helps ensure quality learning for all students in Kentucky schools. The new cut scores set by the Kentucky Board of Education mean that schools will be identified for support and improvement if they fall below the established thresholds in three categories of student learning – not just for...

Prichard Committee seeks citizen input on school board’s high school graduation proposal

The Prichard Committee fully supports ensuring a more meaningful high school diploma for all students. In fact, while our high school graduation rate has increased to 90 percent, only 66 percent of those students are college and career ready, resulting in a “ready graduation” rate of 59 percent.  The data notwithstanding says Brigitte Blom Ramsey, executive director of the Prichard Committee...

Report shows urgent need for Southern states to improve K-12 schools for every child

In a new report, seven nonpartisan organizations in the South—including the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence—urge their states to take swifter action to improve K-12 education for every child with an emphasis on support for disadvantaged students. Accelerating the Pace: The Future of Education in the American South calls for states to move faster to raise the overall quality of education....

Commentary: Collaboration, excellence and equity must drive charter school implementation

By Brigitte Blom Ramsey and John B. King Jr. Special to KyForward This year, the Kentucky General Assembly held a robust legislative debate that resulted in a divide on the topic of public charter schools. Spirited debate about how to improve education for all students can result in better public policy, especially when discussions focus on the shared goal of what is best for children. In these discussions,...

Latest state test scores show modest progress in narrowing achievement gaps, but not enough

The latest state test results reveal a mixture of good news and troubling challenges about Kentucky’s progress in narrowing achievement gaps among groups of students and delivering educational excellence with equity statewide.   That is the conclusion of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence’s recent report to raise awareness of achievement gaps and accelerate community and state efforts...

Prichard Student Voice Team receives support for college-ready work through $40,000 grant

A $40,000 grant from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board will support work by the Prichard Committee’s Student Voice Team to define what it really means for high school seniors to be college ready. The grant is the second the team has received from the Youth Advisory Board, a cohort of 30 State Farm youth leaders. The Student Voice Team’s proposal was one of just 63 national winners the board selected...

New Prichard Committee report on education equity shows achievement gap challenges persist

Kentucky has made significant progress in education, but the state is not doing enough to close the academic achievement gaps that persist among different groups of students, according to a new report from the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence.   Closing those gaps is more critical than ever given the increasing need for education or training after high school to ensure the future success...

Commentary: If charter schools come to Kentucky, local boards need to provide authorization

By Brigitte Blom Ramsey Special to KyForward The question about whether or not to introduce charter schools in Kentucky is one without a simple answer. Kentucky is not alone. States across the nation have debated this issue for years. We are right to deliberate and move with caution, fully aware of the tradeoffs and benefiting from our nation’s now 25-year experiment with public charter schools. The...

Prichard Committee renews focus on postsecondary ed, hires senior policy director

  The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence is renewing its focus on the area that provided the foundation of its work: postsecondary education.   “For more than 30 years the Prichard Committee has been focusing on increasing the quality of P-12 education. Now, with more students than ever becoming ready for college and career, it’s time to renew our founding focus on access to and...

With change in the wind, what does future hold for education? Five key issues discussed

  By John Gregory Special to KyForward   In the next year, Kentucky will have a new governor, a new education commissioner, and a new biennial budget – each of which could have a substantial impact of the state’s public schools.   Given these upcoming changes, KET’s Kentucky Tonight explored five key issues facing education in the commonwealth. The guests for the conversation...

Kentucky schools face greater fiscal woes beyond 2013-14, state education board told

By Brad Hughes Special to KyForward   Kentucky public schools are reopening for the 2013-14 year with tens of millions of fewer federal dollars for everything from intervention aid for struggling students to fewer special education staff and reduced after-school programs. The impact of the Budget Control Act may be relatively limited this year, but that will rapidly change unless Congress alters...