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Education Next annual survey shows support for higher teacher pay, vouchers — and more

The 2018 Education Next annual survey of American public opinion on education reveals growing support for increasing teacher pay — to the highest level seen in EdNext’s annual survey since 2008 — amid a national wave of statewide teacher strikes and walkouts, with residents of affected states especially enthusiastic. Public support for charter schools and vouchers for all students is also up...

Sweeping public education bill nears passage in legislature, faces final action on House floor

By Ryland Barton Kentucky Public Radio An omnibus bill that would overhaul the state’s education system and gradually remove Common Core standards from Kentucky classrooms is nearing final passage in the General Assembly. The bill would change the way students are tested, use teachers to create new education standards and replace school self-evaluations called program reviews. Sen. Mike Wilson is...

State Senate approves sweeping education reform bill; measure moves to House for consideration

The Kentucky Senate passed a measure Friday that could result in the rewriting of public school lesson plans and tests in favor of a locally-centric form of educating. After the approval of Senate Bill 1, dubbed the let the teacher teach act, Sen. Mike Wilson, R-Bowling Green, hailed the moment as the day in which Kentucky set a successful course for its public school curriculum. “Our No. 1 resource...

State to school districts: Students can’t ‘opt out’ of testing over common core objections

Facing inquiries tied to an anti-common core academic standards push, the Kentucky Department of Education is leaving no doubt of the agency’s position: Schools can’t allow students to avoid taking the standards-based K-PREP exams. Any child who skips the tests will be scored a zero on that school’s accountability index and could face local disciplinary action.   In KDE’s weekly Monday...

State to school districts: Students can't 'opt out' of testing over common core objections

Facing inquiries tied to an anti-common core academic standards push, the Kentucky Department of Education is leaving no doubt of the agency’s position: Schools can’t allow students to avoid taking the standards-based K-PREP exams. Any child who skips the tests will be scored a zero on that school’s accountability index and could face local disciplinary action.   In KDE’s weekly Monday...

Kentucky college and university presidents come together to promote higher standards

Council on Postsecondary Education President Bob King and 14 of Kentucky’s campus presidents today joined more than 200 leaders from 30 states in a new coalition, Higher Ed for Higher Standards, to mobilize in support of the Common Core State Standards.   (Photo from Wikimedia Commons) Postsecondary leaders view the Common Core standards, with their focus on career and college readiness, as...