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Commentary: Ensuring a strong public education system in Kentucky is top priority

By Stephen Pruitt Special to KyForward This month, I am sharing my thoughts about an issue that stirred up a lot of feelings and opinions on both sides of the political aisle during the 2017 regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly. House Bill 520, which was signed into law in March, gives local school boards and the mayors of Lexington and Louisville the authority to authorize charter schools....

Commentary: Latest version of proposed charter school legislation bad deal for Kentucky

By Marty Solomon Special to KyForward House Bill 520 is the latest version of charter school legislation that is bad for Kentucky. The worst aspect is that it would require public school monies to be handed over to charter schools. For example, if a charter were created in Boone County with 400 students, the Boone County public schools would be required to cut its budget by about $3.6 million and...

Daily Yonder: Advocates say new education secretary DeVos lacks knowledge about rural schools

By Tim Marema Special to KyForward A rural education advocate says the new Education secretary’s suburban, billionaire background doesn’t prepare her to deal with the nation’s small, public schools. How much will she learn on the job? The question rural school advocates have for Betsy DeVos isn’t whether she knows much about rural education but whether she’s willing to learn. “She’s...

Commentary: Charter schools aren’t the answer to education issues facing Kentucky

By Stephanie Winkler Special to KyForward There are two lies that have been told so often that they now are taken as truth: 1) that Kentucky’s public schools (and indeed, all public schools) are “failing,” and; 2) that charter schools and “school choice” are the answer to that problem. Neither is true. It’s no secret to anyone who is paying attention that Kentucky’s public schools are...