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Alice Sparks, a ‘grand lady’ and a trailblazer, has died after an extended battle with COVID-19

Staff report Alice Steven Sparks died Thursday night at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati after nearly two months in the ICU suffering from COVID-19. She was on a ventilator until being moved to Hospice for the last several days. Sparks was the widow of D. Joseph Sparks, who owned the Hebron-based highway construction firm The Harper Company. Her two children, John and Sally, and two grandchildren survive...

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...

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...