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Gov. Beshear issues Executive Order to reorganize Board of Education; ten ousted members file suit

First thing Tuesday morning at 1:20 a.m., the Kentucky Secretary of State received and signed the first Executive Orders of the new Beshear administration. One was the appointment of Colonel Haldane Lamberton as Adjutant General. And the second, more controversial but in keeping with his campaign promise, was the reorganization of Kentucky’s Board of Education. Beshear announced that he had wielded...

Rep. Jody Richards, 80, former House Speaker, is among those who are retiring from legislature

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A large number of Kentucky lawmakers are not seeking re-election this year, so barring a special session on tax reform or other issues, Saturday was the last day they convened in their chambers on the third floor of the State Capitol.   Among them was Rep. Jody Richards, D-Bowling Green, a member of the House since 1976, who also served as Speaker from 1995-2008. 
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Kentucky by Heart: Corns, ‘poor boy from Lewis County,’ made historic impact on education system

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist Judge Ray Corns, of the Franklin County Circuit Court, handed down one of the most far-reaching judicial decisions ever rendered in the state of Kentucky—precipitating a dramatic change in the state’s education system. It was the passing of the Kentucky Educational Reform Act (KERA) in 1990. The legislative act occurred after the judge’s 1988 decision ruling...

Family Resource Centers celebrate 25 years of removing barriers to learning

By Brenna R. Kelly Special to KyForward No two days at school are the same for Geri Willis. One day she’s finding hats and gloves for students, the next she’s helping a grandmother navigate the court system to gain guardianship. Some of her days are spent searching Ashland’s hotels for a student who hasn’t come to school for several days, others are filled with calls to social service agencies...

Holliday reflects on tenure, says Kentucky invested in ‘doing what’s right for children’

By John Gregory Special to KyForward   In his first years on the job, Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday had to implement a series of reforms passed by the legislature in 2009 followed by Common Core standards, all while making ends meet with fewer state dollars for K-12 schools.   Today is Holliday’s last day in office. As he prepared to retire, Holliday appeared on...

Holliday reflects on tenure, says Kentucky invested in 'doing what's right for children'

By John Gregory Special to KyForward   In his first years on the job, Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday had to implement a series of reforms passed by the legislature in 2009 followed by Common Core standards, all while making ends meet with fewer state dollars for K-12 schools.   Today is Holliday’s last day in office. As he prepared to retire, Holliday appeared on...