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Gov. Beshear issues Executive Order to reorganize Board of Education; ten ousted members file suit

First thing Tuesday morning at 1:20 a.m., the Kentucky Secretary of State received and signed the first Executive Orders of the new Beshear administration. One was the appointment of Colonel Haldane Lamberton as Adjutant General. And the second, more controversial but in keeping with his campaign promise, was the reorganization of Kentucky’s Board of Education. Beshear announced that he had wielded...

Al Cross: As General Assembly ends, it did not — in most big ways — act in the public interest

FRANKFORT – With almost all its work done, has the current session of the Kentucky General Assembly acted in the public interest? In many small ways, yes. But in most big ways, no. And, of course, it depends on how you define “public interest.” For example, what some see as needed competition for failing public schools, and more opportunity for students, is seen by others as a drain on schools...

2018 legislature: Big winners — children in foster care, crime victims; the rest — losers and questions

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The 2018 General Assembly is now history and while there are some obvious winners and losers, there are two other categories to consider: “both” or “too soon to tell.” Children in foster care, or awaiting adoption, is one area that is an obvious winner. A bipartisan working group named on the final day of the 2017 session by then-Speaker Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown,...

Derrick Graham: Let us celebrate public education, honor those who make a difference in children’s lives

American Education Week – always the week prior to Thanksgiving – is an annual observation started nearly 100 years ago when the National Education Association and the American Legion collaborated to inform the public of both the accomplishments and the needs of public schools. This year’s theme is “Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility.” This week is...

Lewis Donohew: Politicians chip away at a cornerstone of democracy – public education

An early 20th-century one-room schoolhouse in rural America (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)   One of the cornerstones of democracy — public education — has been under attack from multiple sources for many years now and it’s beginning to show. In comparison with other advanced countries, our students aren’t doing as well.   We can point to a lot of possible reasons, such as declining...