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Commentary: Best schools powered by sensible, practical actions that obtain the desired results

By Dr. Keen Babbage Special to KyForward For over a century, perpetual efforts have been made to reform public education. Apparently, these reforms are never satisfactory because each one is followed by yet another. The Best School, my latest book release published by Cherrymoon Media, has a word about top-down, bureaucratic, trendy, politically correct school reform: no. Such efforts, usually seasoned...

Prichard Committee weighs in on final outcomes of legislative session — some positive news

The Prichard Committee’s statement: Governor and General Assembly Maintain and Strengthen Key Investments in P12 Education We thank members of the General Assembly and Governor Bevin for crafting a budget for the upcoming biennium that strengthens investments in early childhood and maintains P-12 funding, including the SEEK formula and other key non-SEEK programs such as preschool. We also applaud...

Commentary: Time to begin opening dialogues for redefining student success in Kentucky

By Ashley Lamb-Sinclair Special to KyForward If you had asked me one chilly, overcast Friday morning how I would have liked to spend the day, you would not have heard, “Oh, I can’t wait to scrub down pumpkins with vinegar alongside 20 15-year-olds.” On this particular Friday, I took students from a course I designed called Connect to Fox Hollow Farm in Crestwood because my sole goal was to reconnect...

Mike Denham: With the school year upon us, look at it from a historical standpoint

There is a saying that you can’t know where you are going until you know where you have been. That’s especially true when it comes to our schools.   Since education represents the single-largest category in state spending – more than half of every dollar when you include our public colleges and universities – the General Assembly understandably keeps a close eye on its progress, and with...

Parker Scholarship helps student become teacher, encourage others to follow dreams

  Larry and Kitty Parker generously established a scholarship program in 2013 to further assist students who have resided in a Lexington Habitat for Humanity home. The scholarship is open to those who plan to continue their education in a college or vocational school program.   Heaven Penney and Larry Parker (Photo provided) Heaven Penney was a Parker scholarship recipient in 2013 and in...

Blue Grass Baptist School participates in celebration of educational opportunity

  Blue Grass Baptist School will hold a special event on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 10 a.m. to celebrate National School Choice Week, school leaders announced today.   This event will feature a ceremony recognizing students and teachers. The event will be held at the school.   Blue Grass Baptist School is a Private school serving grades Pre-K, Kindergarten and 1–12, with a student enrollment...

Kentucky earns a C on state report card for education, ranks 29th in the nation

  After a one-year hiatus from issuing state grades, the 19th annual edition of Quality Counts — Preparing to Launch: Early Childhood’s Academic Countdown — resumes Education Week’s long-standing tradition of grading the states on their performance.   This year, those grades return in a newer, leaner form that focuses on outcomes rather than on policy and processes. A state’s overall...

The Lexington Philharmonic is branching out to libraries and reaching out to kids

  During the week of July 14, 2014 the Lexington Philharmonic continues the LexPhil at the Library series with six presentations of Music Builds Science!, an engaging hour-long program for children K-4 and at six branches of the Lexington Public Library.   LexPhil will also present Storytelling through Music at the Beaumont Branch Library, the final lecture of the LexPhil Lecture Series geared...

Holliday appears before Congress, asks for flexibility on federal education requirements

Today, Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday asked Congress to continue to allow flexibility on federal education requirements to enable states like Kentucky to move forward with reform efforts to best serve the needs of all students. Holliday appeared today before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) at a hearing titled “No Child Left Behind: Early Lessons...