Friday, April 10, 2020
Interim Commissioner Kevin C. Brown

Interim Commissioner Kevin C. Brown’s April 3 letter to families

It should have come as no surprise to any of us when Gov. Andy Beshear asked Kentucky’s school superintendents on Thursday to keep schools across the state closed for another two weeks. Both the Kentucky Department of Education and your child’s school were already preparing for this.
David Horseman

All education is career and technical education

A lot of times I hear people referring to career and technical education and college prep classes as two separate things. When it comes down to it, all education is career and technical education.
Interim Commissioner Kevin C. Brown

Interim Commissioner Kevin C. Brown’s March 27 letter to families

Our focus at KDE is now three-fold – Educate, Feed and Support. Our first priority is ensuring your children still receive their education through the use of Kentucky’s Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) Program.
Stephen Pruitt

Counselors play vital role in preparing children for life

The role of the school counselor has changed pretty dramatically since most of us were in school. At the Kentucky Department of Education, we realize the important role that counselors play in each and every school.
David Couch

For 25 years, Kentucky has led the way in education technology

I am justifiably proud of how far Kentucky has come with education technology. We are a pioneer and national leader in both digital access and cloud computing.
Commissioner Wayne D. Lewis

The imperative of achievement gap closure in Kentucky

One of the most notable of the education challenges we continue to face are socioeconomic and racial achievement gaps. Even with the progress we have made in recent decades with increases in achievement overall, we have made very little progress with closing such gaps.
Commissioner Wayne D. Lewis

School resource officers are vital assets to all Kentucky communities

While there is no single school safety measure that will ever completely eliminate the threat of harm in our schools, as a dad and the husband of a high school educator, I am comforted in knowing there is a well-trained, experienced SRO who is ready and willing to meet danger at the school door if need be.
Commissioner Wayne D. Lewis

Addressing teacher shortages: Traditional and alternative routes to teaching

The most important school factor in a child’s academic success is having access to high-quality, effective teachers. While we have continually sought to improve the quality of instruction provided to students, particularly those who have been historically underserved, we are now facing teacher shortages in Kentucky and across the nation like we never have before.
Stephen Pruitt

All students deserve opportunities to find their passion

A trip to the Kentucky Music Educators Association’s State Marching Band Championships got me thinking about how important opportunity is for all of our students.
Education Commissioner Terry Holliday

Congressional inaction leaving education behind

No Child Left Behind – it’s been part of our vernacular since 2001 when Congress passed the bipartisan legislation.  The idea was to change...