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Ashli Watts: Road to recovery depends on legal liability, unemployment fund, education/childcare

As we continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, the road to Kentucky’s economic recovery will no doubt be longer than we would prefer, but the length of the journey will ultimately be decided by how we address three key issues: unemployment insurance, legal liability and the education and care for our children. Kentucky’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund now has a balance of $0. Mandated business...

Commentary: It’s time to ‘Plus It’ to accomplish the impossible for benefit of Kentucky students

By Stephen L. Pruitt Special to KyForward Spring is a time for new beginnings. I hope that everyone has had a chance to get away or at least find a way to reenergize in preparation for the remainder of the school year. Over Easter weekend, I travelled to watch my son row for his university at a meet in Tennessee. As I sat on the banks of the beautiful lake with incredible weather, my thoughts drifted...

Pruitt says rewrite of federal, state laws won’t hinder recent work to create new accountability system

By Brad Hughes Special to KyForward Kentucky Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt says the year-long work to redesign Kentucky’s school accountability system isn’t threatened by either Senate Bill 1 – still pending in the 2017 legislature – which will dictate some aspects of the system, or by the Trump administration drafting new regulations on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) after Congress...

Pruitt hosting series of regional Town Hall Meetings to discuss new school accountability system

Kentucky Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt will be hosting a series of regional Town Hall Meetings across the Commonwealth to gather feedback from Kentuckians on a new accountability system that has been under development for the past year. “This system goes beyond compliance, focuses on students and truly reflects Kentucky’s values,” Pruitt said. “The comments collected at Town Hall Meetings...

Commentary: Education accountability system is and should be all about our students

By Stephen L. Pruitt Special to KyForward If you have followed my blogs over the past five months, you probably know by now that my favorite thing about being education commissioner is that I get to see firsthand our incredible teachers and students at work. I continue to stand in awe of our teachers and most importantly our students. Given that education is and should be all about our students, we...