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Six Kentucky educators honored at Association for Career and Technical Education conference

By Mike Marsee Kentucky Teacher Six career and technical education (CTE) professionals from Kentucky public schools were among those honored in the national awards program at the Association for Career and Technical Education’s (ACTE) Career Tech Vision professional development conference in December in Anaheim, Calif. They were among seven individual honorees from Kentucky recognized through the...

Commissioner’s Comments: First Kentucky road trip filled with stories of academic progress

By Stephen L. Pruitt Special to KyForward Last week, I was able to get out of Frankfort and do what I most like to do, visit with students, teachers and administrators. I traveled to Warren County. It was a great start to my visits to schools and districts throughout the state. Superintendent Rob Clayton hosted me at the central office and then accompanied me to two Warren County elementary schools. Superintendent...

Dozens of Kentucky districts report GOP political emails to their employees’ accounts today

By Brad Hughes Special to KyForward A spot survey of Kentucky school districts Monday afternoon found more than 60 school systems where employees have received emails from the camp of GOP gubernatorial hopeful Matt Bevin, asking for their votes in tomorrow’s general election. The first of the emails was reported last Friday to employees in the Bowling Green Independent System. But early Monday morning,...

Education commissioner, other top officials attempt to quell growing concerns about support for the arts

By Brad Hughes Special to KyForward Top officials of the Kentucky Department of Education attempted to quell growing concerns across the state that a recent decision regarding arts-related career pathways for students signals a lack of support for school programs such as band, chorus, drama and related subjects. Commissioner Stephen Pruitt and Associate Commissioner Amanda Ellis began the agency’s...

Board chair ‘confident’ Pruitt is right person for job; indicates some pushback on selection

  By Brad Hughes Special to KyForward   Pending an Oct. 6 contract signing in Frankfort, former Georgia teacher and state education agency executive Dr. Stephen Pruitt will become Kentucky’s sixth commissioner of education. His tentative first day leading the state Department of Education is Oct. 16.   Stephen Pruitt In a unanimous vote Wednesday, the Kentucky Board of Education enthusiastically...

Board chair 'confident' Pruitt is right person for job; indicates some pushback on selection

  By Brad Hughes Special to KyForward   Pending an Oct. 6 contract signing in Frankfort, former Georgia teacher and state education agency executive Dr. Stephen Pruitt will become Kentucky’s sixth commissioner of education. His tentative first day leading the state Department of Education is Oct. 16.   Stephen Pruitt In a unanimous vote Wednesday, the Kentucky Board of Education enthusiastically...

Forty-four districts can use non-traditional means of instruction when school is canceled

A student works on mathematics problems as part of her county’s snowbound program. (2012 Photo by Amy Wallot)   In the upcoming school year, when bad weather hits Kentucky, students in 44 school districts will continue learning even if they aren’t at school.   The Kentucky Department of Education has approved waivers that allow the districts’ use of virtual or other non-traditional...

Kentucky schools face greater fiscal woes beyond 2013-14, state education board told

By Brad Hughes Special to KyForward   Kentucky public schools are reopening for the 2013-14 year with tens of millions of fewer federal dollars for everything from intervention aid for struggling students to fewer special education staff and reduced after-school programs. The impact of the Budget Control Act may be relatively limited this year, but that will rapidly change unless Congress alters...

Tests show more Kentucky public school students are ready for college and career

Kentucky students scored higher on EXPLORE and PLAN tests in 2012, registering gains in every subject tested, according to data released today by the Kentucky Department of Education. The data also show more students are on track to be ready for college coursework by the time they graduate high school.   The EXPLORE test is given to all 8th-grade public school students and the PLAN test is given...