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Kentucky Education Commissioner asks public to offer feedback on Every Student Succeeds plan

Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt is encouraging all Kentuckians to read and offer feedback on the draft Consolidated State Plan Under the Every Student Succeeds Act that lays out a blueprint for public education in Kentucky. Kentucky Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt Under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaced the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), state education...

State Senate approves sweeping education reform bill; measure moves to House for consideration

The Kentucky Senate passed a measure Friday that could result in the rewriting of public school lesson plans and tests in favor of a locally-centric form of educating. After the approval of Senate Bill 1, dubbed the let the teacher teach act, Sen. Mike Wilson, R-Bowling Green, hailed the moment as the day in which Kentucky set a successful course for its public school curriculum. “Our No. 1 resource...

Pruitt calls law a ‘welcome departure’ from No Child Left Behind, but USED rules may stifle innovation

By Brad Hughes Special to KyForward Kentucky Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt took his objections about the federal government’s plans to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to Washington, D.C., Thursday, asking for support from the authors of the law – the U.S. Congress. “The autonomy promised by ESSA is a welcome departure from the prescriptive nature of No Child Left Behind...

Commentary: Time to begin opening dialogues for redefining student success in Kentucky

By Ashley Lamb-Sinclair Special to KyForward If you had asked me one chilly, overcast Friday morning how I would have liked to spend the day, you would not have heard, “Oh, I can’t wait to scrub down pumpkins with vinegar alongside 20 15-year-olds.” On this particular Friday, I took students from a course I designed called Connect to Fox Hollow Farm in Crestwood because my sole goal was to reconnect...

Pruitt won’t ‘lead the charge’ for charters but wants public ed involved if issue moves in 2016 legislature

By Brad Hughes Special to KyForward Education Commissioner Stephen L. Pruitt told superintendents Sunday that the new elementary and secondary education law nearing passage in Congress can be “an incredible opportunity” for Kentucky. But he cautioned that new flexibility in the replacement of the 14-year-old No Child Left Behind Act means both “the most exciting and hardest of times in Kentucky...

Kentucky Education Commissioner to testify before Congress about supporting teachers

  Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday is scheduled to appear before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on Tuesday, Jan. 27, to testify at a hearing titled “Fixing No Child Left Behind: Supporting Teachers and School Leaders.” The hearing will be held in Room 216 of the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington D.C. beginning at 10 a.m.   Terry...

Schools show improvement in performance, graduation rates, college/career readiness

Student performance, college/career-readiness and the number of students graduating from high school are all improving, according to data released today by the Kentucky Department of Education.   “The statewide data clearly show we are making progress, though slower than we would like,” said Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday. “We’ve raised expectations and aligned them with...

Holliday appears before Congress, asks for flexibility on federal education requirements

Today, Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday asked Congress to continue to allow flexibility on federal education requirements to enable states like Kentucky to move forward with reform efforts to best serve the needs of all students. Holliday appeared today before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) at a hearing titled “No Child Left Behind: Early Lessons...