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Stumbo, House leaders call on Bevin to release $4.64 million in withheld SEEK funds

Responding to the governor’s refusal to disperse $4.64 million to Kentucky public schools, House Speaker Greg Stumbo, House Appropriations and Revenue Chair Rick Rand and House Education Chair Derrick Graham Wednesday expressed outrage that the Gov. Matt Bevin has willfully ignored the law. At issue is additional funding mandated by law to be released by the governor when schools experience a shortfall...

Commentary: Kentuckians need to rally to lead nation in education reform once again

By Derrick Graham Special to KyForward We have a moral obligation to all of the commonwealth’s students to address the achievement gap and the implications it has on the future of our children. Kentucky has made continuous progress in educational achievement since the 1990s. However, gaps in achievement continue to persist between different populations. The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence...

Bevin signs legislation designed to reduce bullying in Kentucky’s school system

Gov. Matt Bevin, joined by the Guess family and co-sponsors Sen. Dorsey Ridley and Sen. Mike Wilson, held a ceremonial signing of Senate Bill 228 Thursday, legislation defining bullying in the K-12 school system. The bill was passed into law April 9. Morgan Cross, along with her parents Craig and Susan, join Gov. Bevin, Sen. Mike Wilson, Rep. Rita Smart, Rep. Regina Bunch, Rep. Derrick Graham and...

Commentary: Fast-advancing, onerous education standards act puts the cart before the horse

By Rep. Derrick Graham Special to KyForward I hate to be trite by starting with the expression “cart before the horse,” but it accurately and concisely captures the problems with Senate Bill 1, an onerous piece of legislation that would overhaul education and accountability standards in public schools. As the saying implies, the solutions proposed in SB 1 are contrary to conventional wisdom. Late...

With change in the wind, what does future hold for education? Five key issues discussed

  By John Gregory Special to KyForward   In the next year, Kentucky will have a new governor, a new education commissioner, and a new biennial budget – each of which could have a substantial impact of the state’s public schools.   Given these upcoming changes, KET’s Kentucky Tonight explored five key issues facing education in the commonwealth. The guests for the conversation...

Leadership key to improving low-achieving schools, seen as state education 'priority'

  State legislators got an initial look yesterday at how some of Kentucky’s persistently low achieving schools are improving the education provided to students.   There are 39 of the schools in Kentucky, referred to in education circles as priority schools, said Kelly Foster, the associate commissioner for the Office of Next Generation Schools and Districts in the Kentucky Department of...