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Ben Wilcox shapes role of Kentucky’s first state school security marshal amid COVID-19 pandemic

By Jim Gaines Kentucky Teacher Ben Wilcox laughs a little when asked how COVID-19 has changed his job as Kentucky’s state school security marshal. He hadn’t been on the job long when the pandemic hit. The position of state school security marshal had only been created in March 2019. Wilcox formally started work July 1 of that year, but a month earlier he began traveling the state to share information...

Three Kentucky school districts receive federal funding to improve mental health resources

Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service School districts in Bullitt, Henderson and Warren counties have received $9 million in federal funding to improve mental health services for students. Kentucky is one of only four states to get this year’s Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education (AWARE) grants. The School Safety and Resiliency Act, which requires public school districts in Kentucky to...

Commentary: School Safety Act lays groundwork for securing schools, strengthening our students

By Rep. John Carney and Sen. Max Wise Special to KyForward There are very few Kentuckians who do not remember how they felt when they heard of last year’s shooting at Marshall County High School. As parents who share a strong passion for education, this tragedy shook us to the core. As legislators, we realized that our state had to do more to prevent school violence, not only to protect potential...