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William McCann: For long-term benefit of students, charter schools deserve a chance in Kentucky

The first application for a charter school has been rejected. The Bevin-appointed state board of education has been ‘fired’ and replaced. Wayne Lewis, the former commissioner of education, is now living and working in Tennessee. Current and retired educators are running for the state legislature. So now is the time to formally adopt a funding mechanism and move forward with charter schools...

KyForward’s Gene Clabes among those named to UK journalism’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni

Staff Report KyForward Executive Editor and co-founder Gene Clabes is among nine journalists who will be inducted into the University of Kentucky School of Journalism’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni Thursday evening. The alumni to be recognized in addition to Clabes include an widely recognized photographer for National Geographic, a popular and beloved Courier- Journal columnist; the editor of...

Kentucky holds steady in national education report, with strong growth on AP test success

Kentucky teachers, administrators, parents, students, business and community members all deserve credit following the release of an annual assessment of all states on key education indicators, Education Commissioner Terry Holliday said today.   Each year, Education Week (a national publication that focuses on P-12 education) produces a special issue, “Quality Counts.” The report tracks key...

The Rural Blog: Many states, especially in the South, still allow schools to paddle students

Nineteen states, in red, have laws permitting corporal punishment in schools, according to the nonprofit Center for Effective Discipline, which provided this map.   Special to KyForward   It’s still not uncommon for school officials, especially in the South, to get out the paddle and discipline a student with corporal punishment. The practice is legal in 19 states (including Kentucky),...

Terry Holliday: Good news on graduation rates, but challenges continue to lie ahead

  Education Week released its annual “Diplomas Count” (see KyForward story here) study this week. The Diplomas Count project is an effort by the Editorial Projects in Education that publishes Education Week and is an ongoing study of high school graduation issues. The report includes national and state level data and can be accessed through the links above. There was some good news for Kentucky...

Kentucky’s high school graduation rate rises 13.5%, is among most improved in nation

The graduation rate among Kentucky high school students rose 13.5 percent from 63.7 percent in 2000 to 77.2 percent 2010, making Kentucky the third most improved among all states, according to Education Week’s “Diploma Counts” report.   Meanwhile, the national graduation rate improved 7.9 percentage points to 74.7 percent.   The data is reported in a special issue of the...

Kentucky's high school graduation rate rises 13.5%, is among most improved in nation

The graduation rate among Kentucky high school students rose 13.5 percent from 63.7 percent in 2000 to 77.2 percent 2010, making Kentucky the third most improved among all states, according to Education Week’s “Diploma Counts” report.   Meanwhile, the national graduation rate improved 7.9 percentage points to 74.7 percent.   The data is reported in a special issue of the...

Kentucky breaks into top 10 in national education ranking, shows gains in key areas

Kentucky’s ranking in an annual assessment of all states on key education indicators rose four places, making it 10th in the nation for its efforts to improve teaching, raise student achievement and many other variables related to public education.   (Photo by Amy Wallot, Kentucky Department of Education) Each year, Education Week (a national publication that focuses on P-12 education) produces...