A nonprofit publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Rose at 30: The landmark Supreme Court decision that changed the course of Ky public education

By Brenna R. Kelly Kentucky School Boards Association Jack Moreland had been expecting a call on the morning of June 8, 1989. It had been six months and one day since the Dayton Independent superintendent had watched an attorney representing his and 65 other school districts ask the Kentucky Supreme Court to force the state to adequately fund public education. As superintendent of Dayton Independent,...

David Webster: October is Energy Awareness Month and reduced usage helps bottom line of KY schools

As we kick off what has traditionally been Energy Awareness Month, it is important to note the impact lowered energy usage can have on not only the environment, but also on the finances of public entities. Nowhere is the impact clearer than in Kentucky’s schools. The Kentucky School Boards Association has worked with local school districts since 2010 to better manage the energy usage in their buildings....

KSBA school energy program earns third straight federal ENERGY STAR Partner recognition

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has honored the Kentucky School Boards Association’s School Energy Managers Project with its 2016 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award. This is the third consecutive year the organization has been recognized for assisting Kentucky school districts in reducing energy costs and increasing energy efficiency in district buildings. Since...

Season’s first major winter event leaves vast majority of Kentucky’s schools closed; more coming Friday

If you’re reading this in a Kentucky public school system that is open Wednesday, you are in rare company. The ongoing storm that began in southern and western Kentucky has closed at least 163 of the state’s 173 public school systems, according to announcements posted on news media websites tracked by the KSBA eNews Service. The closings stretch from the Missouri/Illinois/Kentucky border up to...

Board trims commissioner field to two; background checks next for unidentified pair

  By Brad Hughes Special to KyForward   It will be another two to three weeks before Kentuckians know who is to be the state’s sixth education commissioner, but leaders of the state board of education expressed confidence Saturday that either of the two remaining candidates will be a winning choice for the commonwealth.   After “give-and-take conversations” Friday evening and Saturday...