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Kentucky Board of Education seeks community feedback in search for next commissioner

The Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) is inviting residents and stakeholders to take a community survey on the qualities they would like to see in the state’s next education commissioner. The survey, available online, opened Jan. 21 and will close at 5 p.m. on Feb. 6. It takes about five minutes to complete. The board directed the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) to create and administer the...

Gov. Beshear issues Executive Order to reorganize Board of Education; ten ousted members file suit

First thing Tuesday morning at 1:20 a.m., the Kentucky Secretary of State received and signed the first Executive Orders of the new Beshear administration. One was the appointment of Colonel Haldane Lamberton as Adjutant General. And the second, more controversial but in keeping with his campaign promise, was the reorganization of Kentucky’s Board of Education. Beshear announced that he had wielded...

Members of state board of education concerned about how $17.9 million cut can be implemented

By Brad Hughes Special to KyForward The Kentucky Board of Education devoted plenty of time – and plenty of opinions – Wednesday trying to learn how staff of the state Department of Education are going about planning for the major spending cuts to K-12 programs recommended in Gov. Matt Bevin’s budget proposal. The plan, which is now before the House of Representatives, calls for KDE to cut $17.9...

Board trims commissioner field to two; background checks next for unidentified pair

  By Brad Hughes Special to KyForward   It will be another two to three weeks before Kentuckians know who is to be the state’s sixth education commissioner, but leaders of the state board of education expressed confidence Saturday that either of the two remaining candidates will be a winning choice for the commonwealth.   After “give-and-take conversations” Friday evening and Saturday...

Beshear creates work group to recommend ways to stabilize teachers’ retirement system

  By executive order, Gov. Steve Beshear has created a 23-member work group to develop recommendations to strengthen the solvency of the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System.   Gov. Steve Beshear The group is made up of policy and education leaders, according to a press release from the governor’s office, and is charged with developing recommendations to resolve a funding shortfall...

‘We’ll do it right’: State education board plans national search to find successor for Holliday

Soon-to-retire Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday visits a Murray Independent Schools classroom. (Photo by Amy Wallot/Kentucky Department of Education)   By Brad Hughes Special to KyForward   Rebounding from Wednesday morning’s surprise announcement (See KyForward story here) that Education Commissioner Terry Holliday will retire Aug. 31, the Kentucky Board of Education jumped into...

'We'll do it right': State education board plans national search to find successor for Holliday

Soon-to-retire Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday visits a Murray Independent Schools classroom. (Photo by Amy Wallot/Kentucky Department of Education)   By Brad Hughes Special to KyForward   Rebounding from Wednesday morning’s surprise announcement (See KyForward story here) that Education Commissioner Terry Holliday will retire Aug. 31, the Kentucky Board of Education jumped into...

Hilliard Lyons CEO receives 13th Joseph W. Kelly Award for business-school partnership

James Allen was presented the Joseph W. Kelly Award by the Kentucky Board of Education during its June meeting in Frankfort. Pictured from left are Commissioner Terry Holliday, Joseph W. Kelly, James Allen and KBE Chairman David Karem. (Photo from KBE)   The Kentucky Board of Education presented Louisville businessman James Allen with the 13th annual Joseph W. Kelly Award June 5. The award is...

Education Commissioner Terry Holliday completes visits to every school district in Ky.

Education Commissioner Terry Holliday answers questions from students in Roxye Sidebottom's science class at Hart County High School. With the visit to Hart County, the commissioner reached his goal of visiting all of Kentucky's school districts. (Photos by Amy Wallot, Ky. Department of Education)   Education Commissioner Terry Holliday has made good on his promise to visit all 174 school...