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Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs applications for summer program accepted until Jan. 25


The Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs (GSE), a residential summer program where Kentucky teens focus on product innovation and business model design, has opened applications for its summer 2021 program. The 2021 GSE session will take place June 6 through June 26, 2021, at Northern Kentucky University. Students currently in ninth, 10th and 11th grade can apply at www.KentuckyGSE.com. Applications...

Donnie Piercey named 2021 Kentucky Teacher of the Year during first virtual ceremony in program history

Donnie Piercey, a fifth-grade teacher at Stonewall Elementary School in Fayette County, is the 2021 Kentucky Teacher of the Year and Elementary Teacher of the Year. “I’m never someone who cries. Now I’ve got tears here,” Piercey said from his home during the virtual presentation. “I don’t know what to say. My kids are cheering for me downstairs right now.” Piercey said he has had many...

Reconnected portal kynect to help Kentuckians prepare for state-based benefits exchange in 2022

Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday announced the state has reconnected Kynect in order to provide easier access to health coverage and other benefits. Beshear said the new kynect offers expanded benefits, enhanced usability, a new mobile-friendly format and helps to ready the commonwealth for the return of the state-based exchange, scheduled for enrollment in 2021 to begin the exchange in January 2022....

Beshear welcomes latest donation of PPE to aid Kentucky’s response to ongoing COVID-19 battle

Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday welcomed one of the state’s latest corporate donations of personal protective equipment, which will help bolster the commonwealth’s response to the novel coronavirus 2019. “Even before this global health crisis arrived in Kentucky more than six months ago, we were working to secure the personal protective equipment needed to keep our people safe,” Beshear said. “The...

Kentucky Youth Advocates, Casey Family Programs discuss COVID-19 impact on child welfare community

Kentucky Youth Advocates, with the support of Casey Family Programs, hosted a forum on Aug. 4 to discuss challenges youth and families connected to the child welfare system are facing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, along with solutions to move forward as the commonwealth navigates recovery efforts. While the pandemic is affecting many Kentuckians in different ways, a look into the impact on...

Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs summer program culminates Aug. 1 with virtual Demo Day

The Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs’ (GSE) three-week summer program will culminate Aug. 1 with a first-ever virtual Demo Day. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., high school teams will pitch business ideas to a panel of judges to win cash prizes to continue their ventures. The GSE2020 professional business-pitch competition is open to the public with free registration at https://hopin.to/events/the-2020-governor-s-school-for-entrepreneurs-demo-day. Gov....

KHEAA college and career planning guides for high school freshmen, sophomores available online

College and career planning guides geared toward high school freshmen and sophomores are now available online from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). “Getting Started” is a 13-page booklet that provides freshmen guidance on how to make the most of their high school years. The 14-page “Getting Set” publication for sophomores continues that guidance, with more detailed...

Beshear reports 674 new COVID-19 cases, second-highest daily number, 3 deaths; surge continues

Gov. Andy Beshear reported 674 new COVID cases on Tuesday, 23 of them from children 5 and under, and three new deaths. These cases raised Kentucky’s totals to 24,060 cases and 674 deaths. As of Tuesday there have been at least 549,208 tests performed in Kentucky with a positivity rate of 4.3 percent. The new cases represent the second-highest number of cases in a single day. “Here in Kentucky,...

Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program adapts classes to promote health, well-being in COVID-19 era

The 38th annual Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program (GSP) is underway at two college campuses this summer, but with a mixture of virtual and in-person experiences and other modifications to keep students and staff safe from COVID-19. “I personally know how amazing and life-changing this program is for participants,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “Not only am I an alum from 1995, I am the first Governor’s...

Murray State summit draws more than 2,000 educators for virtual keynote speeches, workshops

A total of 2,051 educators representing 159 school districts across 22 states — in addition to guests from six countries worldwide — attended Murray State’s virtualized “The Summit: A Teaching and Technology Conference.” Guests participated in online workshops and viewed streamed keynote speeches. Through a partnership between Murray State’s Teacher Quality Institute and the Kentucky Academy...

Kentucky education groups kick off FAFSA Fridays campaign to raise awareness about federal aid

Kentucky colleges and universities along with key leaders in education launched a new public awareness campaign – called FAFSA Fridays – to remind students about the importance of applying for federal assistance this summer. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA form, provides high school seniors, parents, college students and adult learners with a vital opportunity to access financial...

Beshear releases tax returns, renews calls for transparency from other office holders in Kentucky

As the commonwealth is focused on defeating COVID-19, Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday showed his ongoing commitment to transparency by releasing his tax returns for 2019 and once again called on other officeholders to do the same. Beshear also released his 2019 Statement of Financial Disclosure and launched a transparency webpage listing executive flight details. Gov. Andy Beshear “Elected officials...

Kentucky Department of Education to stream ‘Kentucky’s Tribute to Class of 2020’ this Saturday

The Kentucky Department of Education will honor its high school seniors with a one-hour program that will be streamed on the department’s special YouTube channel at 7 p.m. ET this Saturday (May 23). “Kentucky’s Tribute to the Class of 2020,” is presented by KDE and the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet and will be hosted by Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman. With...

Kentuckians encouraged to make communication inclusive during Better Hearing and Speech Month

With more than 700,000 people in Kentucky currently experiencing some degree of hearing loss, the coronavirus outbreak has prompted businesses, organizations and community leaders across the country to take stock and begin changing their methods of communication to be more inclusive. May, which is Better Hearing and Speech Month, is the perfect time for the Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard...

FCPS, Redwood Cooperative School named 2020 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon honorees

While the state remains focused on fighting the novel coronavirus outbreak that has interrupted the school year, the U.S. Department of Education is honoring a Kentucky school district and a cooperative school for their environmental instruction efforts. Fayette County Public Schools (FCPS) and Redwood Cooperative School in Lexington are among 55 national honorees name as 2020 U.S. Department of Education...

Lt. Governor issues waiver of high school graduation requirements due to coronavirus pandemic

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Two provisions in state law that might have prevented some high school students from graduating this year have been waived due to the coronavirus pandemic. Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman, in her capacity as Secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, issued a waiver that suspends the requirement that students who plan to graduate from high school in 2020 pass...

Kentucky achieves 38 percent increase in number of residents earning GEDs after waiver of $120 fee

Gov. Andy Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman announced in January that the $120 fee GED test fee would be waived for Kentuckians. Since that announcement, there has been an 81 percent jump in the number of people who are signed up to get a GED. Gov. Beshear said there was a 38 percent increase in the number of Kentuckians who have earned a GED, according to Kentucky Skills U, an agency within...

Kentucky one of six states selected for national dual-credit workshop in Virginia in March

After a competitive application process, Kentucky was one of six states selected by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the College in High School Alliance (CHSA) to attend the College in High School Alliance’s dual and concurrent enrollment workshop March 25-26 in Arlington, Virginia. The workshop’s purpose is to expand equitable access to high-quality dual enrollment, concurrent...

Beshear takes action to improve key government programs to better serve Kentuckians

Gov. Andy Beshear has announced his administration is working to speed up unemployment insurance claims and is recovering thousands overpaid to deceased workers compensation fund beneficiaries. Both actions improve operations so that state government better serves Kentucky families. Dedicated unemployment insurance staff at career centers Beshear said he and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman, who also serves...

Lt. Governor Jacqueline Coleman, husband Chris O’Bryan announce birth of daughter, Evelynne

Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman shared on social media that she gave birth to a daughter Saturday morning. Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman shared this photo of her new daughter and husband on her official Facebook page Saturday afternoon. (Photo from Kentucky Today) “Chris, Emma, Will, Nate and I are blessed to welcome the newest member of #TeamKentucky, Evelynne Jeanette Coleman-O’Bryan, who...