Saturday, November 25, 2017
Former Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) member and state legislator David Karem (far left) and KBE Chair Mary Gwen Wheeler, accompanied by Commissioner Stephen Pruitt (far right) presents the first David Karem Award to Dr. Blake Haselton (holding plaque). The award is given to state policymakers, education leaders or citizens who have contributed to the improvement of education. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Oct. 4, 2017

Haselton receives first David Karem Award

The Kentucky Board of Education named Dr. W. Blake Haselton, superintendent-in-residence and associate clinical professor in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Louisville, as the first recipient of the David Karem Award during the board’s regular meeting Oct. 4 in Frankfort.
Kentucky Board of Education Chair Mary Gwen Wheeler, accompanied by Commissioner Stephen Pruitt (far left), presents the Joseph W. Kelly Award to northern Kentucky attorney C. Ed Massey (holding plaque), a long time Kenton Co. Board of Education member. The award, named for former KBE chair and businessman Joe Kelly (far right), is given to businesspeople who offer outstanding leadership and service toward promoting school improvement and equitable educational opportunities for all Kentucky children. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Oct. 4, 2017

Northern Kentucky attorney receives Joseph W. Kelly Award

At its meeting Oct. 4, the Kentucky Board of Education presented the 17th annual Joseph W. Kelly Award to C. Ed Massey, a northern Kentucky attorney and a longtime member of the Boone County Board of Education.
Jonathan Bogar, second from left, a welding instructor at Belfry Area Technology Center, received the 2017 Kevin M. Noland/Mary Ann Miller Award for significant service to Kentucky's public schools. At the presentation on Oct. 4 were, from left, Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt, Chief of Staff Mary Ann Miller, former long-time KDE employee Kevin Noland and Kentucky Board of Education Chair Mary Gwen Wheeler. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Oct. 4, 2017

Bogar receives 2017 Noland/Miller Award

At the Kentucky Board of Education meeting in Frankfort Oct. 4, Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt presented the 2017 Kevin M. Noland/Mary Ann Miller Award to Jonathan Bogar, a welding instructor at the Belfry Area Technology Center.
House Bill 520 (2017) cleared the way for the first charter schools in the state and during its regular meeting on Oct. 4, the Kentucky Board of Education approved four regulations governing the establishment and operation of public charter schools. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Oct. 4, 2017

Kentucky Board of Education approves charter regulations

House Bill 520 (2017) cleared the way for the first charter schools in the state and during its regular meeting Oct. 4, the Kentucky Board of Education approved four regulations governing the establishment and operation of public charter schools.

Four Kentucky public schools win Blue Ribbon honors

The U. S. Department of Education named four Kentucky public schools as 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools, based on their overall academic excellence.

Graduation rate, Advanced Placement and ACT scores rise

The percentage of Kentucky public school students graduating from high school continued to increase; more students took rigorous Advanced Placement tests and earned a qualifying score of 3 or higher; and students scored higher with a greater percentage of them meeting readiness benchmarks on the ACT, according to 2016-17 assessment data released today by the Kentucky Department of Education.

Best Practices schools recognized

During the annual Continuous Improvement Summit Sept. 19 in Lexington, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) recognized five schools and two districts for best practices.

Kentucky submits consolidated state plan under ESSA

After more than a year-and-a-half of extensive outreach and engagement efforts, the Kentucky Department of Education has submitted its Consolidated State Plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act to the United States Department of Education.

2017 Kentucky Winner’s Circle schools recognized

The Kentucky Department of Education recognized 10 Kentucky public schools on Sept. 18 for outstanding teaching and learning conditions. These Winners’ Circle schools were recognized for their effective teaching and school leadership practices and will be shared as models of best practices across the state.

Students encouraged to apply for Commissioner’s Advisory Council

Public school students in grades 10-12 are invited to apply for membership on the Commissioner’s Student Council, an advisory group that provides input and feedback to Kentucky Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt. The council also is designed to engage student leaders in learning by doing.