Thursday, December 3, 2020
Graphic with KDE seal reading: JCPS Audit: KDE recommends no state management, assistance

KDE commissioner won’t recommend state management, assistance in Jefferson County

A management audit team appointed by the Kentucky Department of Education initiated a management audit of Jefferson County Public Schools between September 21 and October 9. Based on the findings, Commissioner of Education Jason E. Glass stated evidence collected during the audit establishes that neither state management nor state assistance is necessary to correct any inefficiencies and ineffectiveness within the district and that all requirements of the settlement agreement have been met.
Holly Bloodworth, center, a Kentucky Board of Education member who spent 32 years teaching at Murray Elementary School, serves as a guest reader in Trina Fuller's 4th-grade class at Hickman Elementary School.

KBE SPOTLIGHT | For three decades, Holly Bloodworth has been educating Kentuckians

Holly Bloodworth, the 2014 Kentucky Teacher of the Year who spent 32 years teaching at Murray Elementary School, originally planned on being a nurse during her first three years at Murray State University.
Kentucky Board of Education Virtual Meeting, August 6, 2020

Kentucky Board of Education grants additional COVID-19 flexibility to the Commonwealth’s school districts

At its Aug. 6 meeting, the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) approved two emergency regulations that will provide districts with additional flexibility as they head into the 2020-2021 school year.
Graphic showing picture of young woman, text reads: Solyana Mesfin named to the Kentucky Board of Education

Louisville junior selected as first student member on Kentucky Board of Education

The Kentucky Department of Education announced Oct. 2 that Solyana Mesfin of Louisville was selected as the first active public school student in the Commonwealth to hold a seat on the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE).
Allison Slone works with a group of students in a classroom at McBrayer Elementary School (Rowan County). Submitted photo by Mandy Triplet, Feb. 12, 2020

KBE SPOTLIGHT | Allison Slone serving as first full-time teacher on state school board

Allison Slone, a special education teacher in Rowan County, has found herself in a position to speak up for her colleagues and her profession as the first active, full-time teacher to serve on the Kentucky Board of Education.
Kentucky Board of Education Vice Chair Lu Young sits on a defense committee at Barret Traditional Middle (Jefferson County).

KBE SPOTLIGHT | Lu Young brings a voice for students in generational poverty

After breaking the curse of generational poverty and becoming her family’s first college graduate, Vice-Chair of the Kentucky Board of Education looks to bring her expertise to the board and help children across Kentucky break the same cycle.
Kentucky Board of Education Virtual Meeting, October 7, 2020

State board of education votes to settle student funding dispute

The Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) adopted a final order on Oct. 7 that settles a long-running dispute between the Pineville Independent and Bell County school districts.
Randy Poe poses for a picture with students from Erpenbeck Elementary (Boone County).

KBE SPOTLIGHT | Randy Poe continuing his education journey with the KBE

Randy Poe’s journey with Boone County schools began as a bus driver for the district. Now, after serving the northern Kentucky community for nearly 40 years, Poe’s journey continues with the Kentucky Board of Education.
Alvis Johnson, left, a member of the Kentucky Board of Education, hears students in the Mercer County Day Treatment program discuss their beekeeping operation during a visit to the school

KBE SPOTLIGHT | Alvis Johnson attests to the life-changing value of education

Alvis Johnson, a member of the Kentucky Board of Education, was the first in his family to graduate high school and the first to go to college. He spent 28 years in public education as a teacher, coach and administrator.
Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman, center, meets with social studies teacher Mary Shouse of the Stewart Home and School and members of the school's student council to discuss civic engagement and community service.

KBE SPOTLIGHT | Time and situation right for Coleman to champion public education

Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman, an ex officio member of the Kentucky Board of Education, has made Kentucky’s public education system a top priority since being elected and named secretary of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.