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Kentucky by Heart: In-person school is best, but we must have the resolve to do it safely and right

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist From my perspective as a teacher, getting Kentucky’s elementary/secondary young people back into physical classrooms in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic is important and for many reasons. Obviously, students need to learn and grow mentally, physically, socially, and emotionally, and for most—a live classroom setting works best. And as any experienced teacher...

LG&E and KU push for being prepared, not scared; National Preparedness Month a reminder

Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company are urging the public to use National Preparedness Month (September) as a reminder to plan for emergency situations before they strike. Preparedness is a never-ending effort for LG&E and KU, with crews and employees behind the scenes working around the clock to meet the needs of customers and immediately respond to emergencies. To...

Be prepared, not scared: September is National Preparedness Month for emergency planning

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is reminding the public that households, businesses and communities can increase their preparedness by following this year’s theme of Prepared, Not Scared. Be Ready for Disasters during September – National Preparedness Month (NPM). This nationwide effort is organized each year by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to encourage citizens to prepare...

Kentucky Board of Education moves to close achievement gaps through renewed support

The Kentucky Board of Education renewed its commitment to educating ALL students and emphasized closing achievement gaps as one of its top priorities.   “This is not only about compliance but is an ethical imperative about reaching each child,” Kentucky Department of Education Chief of Staff Tommy Floyd told the board. “By focusing on the individual needs of students we will not only reduce...

Half of state's kindergarteners were ready for school this year, up from 49 percent last year

Photo from Wikimedia Commons)     Half of students who started kindergarten this school year were ready to learn and succeed, according to the Kentucky Department of Education. That is up from 49 percent last year. Despite the gain, about 24,500 students entered kindergarten unprepared.   “While we are moving in the right direction, this data reinforces the importance of quality early...