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Leestown Middle School teacher Melanie Trowel named KEA’s 2020 Teacher of the Year

The Kentucky Education Association has selected Melanie Trowel of Leestown Middle School as its 2020 Teacher of the Year. Melanie Trowel (Photo from FCPS) Trowel, who has more than 20 years’ of service in Fayette County Public Schools, accepted the honor April 4 at the KEA Delegate Assembly in Louisville. “I am humbled to receive this award because I am surrounded by exceptional teachers who are...

Al Cross: As General Assembly ends, it did not — in most big ways — act in the public interest

FRANKFORT – With almost all its work done, has the current session of the Kentucky General Assembly acted in the public interest? In many small ways, yes. But in most big ways, no. And, of course, it depends on how you define “public interest.” For example, what some see as needed competition for failing public schools, and more opportunity for students, is seen by others as a drain on schools...

Andy Beshear: Response to Bevin’s Chief of Staff; Kentuckians know the truth about ‘Sewer Bill’

A wise teacher recently told me, “If you’re doing the right thing, you don’t hide it in a sewer bill.” That’s what the General Assembly did when it turned an 11-page sewer bill into a 291-page pension bill and rammed it through both the House and Senate in just 6 hours, all without a single public comment, without giving legislators time to read it and without any analysis on whether it would...

Gov. Bevin explains veto of budget and tax bill, says Kentucky’s financial future requires tough decisions

For many months, we have been working to resolve the toughest financial crisis Kentucky has ever faced, a crisis that began many years ago and that previous governors and legislators either negligently handled or ignored. It is now snowballing out of control. Nothing about this process has been easy. That does not, however, take away from the present reality that we are facing, or from the difficult...

Could protesting teachers be returning to Frankfort on Friday?

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin referred to the Kentucky Education Association, not the teachers who belong to the union, as the problem during his Monday press conference announcing he was vetoing the budget and tax reform bills. Nevertheless, when lawmakers return to Frankfort on Friday to consider overrides to the governor’s veto actions, they could be facing more protesting teachers,...

Teachers gather in Frankfort for march on Capitol for voice on state budget as lawmakers convene

Staff report Traffic jams in Frankfort early this morning, long lines of cars at Interstate off-ramps, the Capitol parking garage already filled and crowds already gathered around the Kentucky Education Association building — all signs of a major gathering of teachers for protests as lawmakers address a state budget. A rally and march of the state’s teachers will start at KEA headquarters...

Commentary: Major education association leaders respond to latest state pension reform proposals

Casey Allen, Bo Matthews, David Webster, Stephanie Winkler and Cherie Dimar Special to KyForward Providing the best learning opportunities we can to each and every child is among the most important functions of our state government. In fact, this is among the only constitutional requirements of our General Assembly. As representatives of educators, local school leaders and parents, we believe it is...

FCPS’s Langdon named 2017 Education Support Professional of the Year by KEA

The Kentucky Education Association has selected Frankie Langdon, a Media Services technician in FCPS, as its 2017 Education Support Professional of the Year. She received the award and a $1,000 cash prize during the KEA’s delegate assembly in Louisville; she can also attend next spring’s national conference at no expense. Frankie Langdon In a voluntary role, Langdon serves as president of the...

Commentary: Charter schools aren’t the answer to education issues facing Kentucky

By Stephanie Winkler Special to KyForward There are two lies that have been told so often that they now are taken as truth: 1) that Kentucky’s public schools (and indeed, all public schools) are “failing,” and; 2) that charter schools and “school choice” are the answer to that problem. Neither is true. It’s no secret to anyone who is paying attention that Kentucky’s public schools are...

Education department making push for public comment – and understanding – of standards

Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday announces the Kentucky Core Academic Standards Challenge during a press conference at Woodford County High School. (Photo by Amy Wallot)   By Brad Hughes Special to KyForward   The Kentucky Department of Education Monday launched a major push to get teachers, parents and others to learn more about the state’s English/language arts and math academic...

Stu Silberman: Our Kids Can’t Wait – need better funding for Kentucky schools now

The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence held its Education Summit in Lexington this week, bringing together hundreds of education advocates from across the state. Speaking on behalf of KEAT (Kentucky Education Action Team) advocates, Stu Silberman, executive director of the Prichard Committee, kicked off the summit:   A 4-year-old in Eastern Kentucky cannot attend a public preschool like...

Stu Silberman: Our Kids Can't Wait – need better funding for Kentucky schools now

The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence held its Education Summit in Lexington this week, bringing together hundreds of education advocates from across the state. Speaking on behalf of KEAT (Kentucky Education Action Team) advocates, Stu Silberman, executive director of the Prichard Committee, kicked off the summit:   A 4-year-old in Eastern Kentucky cannot attend a public preschool like...