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Commentary: Students gain when parents, community members are involved with schools

By Stephen L. Pruitt Special to KyForward I can’t believe it’s August again. I hope everyone enjoyed some much-needed rest and time with your families over the summer break. Let me be one of the first to officially say “Welcome back.” I’m sure this will antagonize some students who are mournfully counting down the last days of their summer vacation, but I always get excited about the start...

Kentucky Board of Education discusses changes in new public school accountability system

At a work session last week, the Kentucky Board of Education took a deeper dive into the various components of a new accountability system. The system, still in its draft form, has been under development by teams of educators and others from across the state for the past 10 months. It is designed to meet the requirements of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act and to propel Kentucky students to higher...

Kentucky ranks sixth in the nation in percentage of board-certified teachers, ninth in total number

Kentucky recently celebrated the 18 newly certified and 101 newly renewed National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) who continue to improve their teaching for the students of the Commonwealth. With 3,292 NBCTs, Kentucky ranks sixth in the nation for the percentage of teachers who are Board-certified (8 percent) and ninth in the nation for the total number of board-certified teachers. This small class...

Coach at Heart: Superintendent of the Year Henry Webb uses sports background in current position

By Mike Marsee Special to KyForward “Coach” hasn’t been in Henry Webb’s job title in more than a dozen years, but he is still very much a coach at heart. As superintendent of the Floyd County schools, Webb is responsible for what he calls Team Floyd, which is working to ensure a better future for children in the county that is his home. “The heart of a coach’s job is to make people better...

Pruitt calls law a ‘welcome departure’ from No Child Left Behind, but USED rules may stifle innovation

By Brad Hughes Special to KyForward Kentucky Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt took his objections about the federal government’s plans to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to Washington, D.C., Thursday, asking for support from the authors of the law – the U.S. Congress. “The autonomy promised by ESSA is a welcome departure from the prescriptive nature of No Child Left Behind...

Commentary: Celebrating the multitude of ways teachers make a positive impact on students

By Stephen L. Pruitt Special to KyForward In 2015, Valentine’s Day moved beyond the traditional roses and chocolates that are associated with Feb. 14 and the celebration of love. A number of national and state Teachers of the Year started a Twitter movement called the #LoveTeaching campaign, the point of which is to celebrate the profession of teachers by talking about the positive impacts teachers...