Although Sept. 11, 2001, was a horrible tragedy, it united the country in a way few had seen. It's time to create a new sense of unity to improve Kentucky's education system and help create the future of the Commonwealth.
Achievement gaps have been around for decades. They exist in nearly every school, every school district and every state. Everyone agrees we have to do something about gaps – something that will solve the issue once and for all – but then it grows quiet.
Ask any teacher this week if they’ve had “the dream” and most would say yes.
We’re quickly reaching the opening day on another school year and I feel just as much excitement now as I did back in my classroom. But this isn’t just another year. We have the chance to create something great in Kentucky.
Although Kentuckians from across the Commonwealth have been eager to make their voices heard about what they want in a new accountability system, their voices still could be overshadowed.
Kentucky educators have seen great change over the past few years, but it has made us stronger and it has made a better life for our students.
The commissioner goes to Washington to testify about the new Every Student Succeeds Act regulations and urges people to submit their feedback about the regulations by the Aug. 1 deadline.
Last week, we had our first meeting of the Accountability Steering Committee. It is composed of 37 individuals representing teachers, principals, superintendents, community members, higher education and education advocates – including the business community, legislators and parents.
We recently unveiled the new logo for the Kentucky Department of Education. I would like to explain the logo a bit more in this blog.
It’s national Teacher Appreciation Week and it’s a great time to think of and thank those teachers who have influenced your life.