Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Kentucky 2020-2021 Education Support Staff Professional Award: Robert Walker and Shelly Thomas

Walker, Thomas receive first Kentucky Education Support Staff Professional Award

Shelly Thomas from Barren County and Robert Walker of Harrison County were presented with the KESSP Award on Jan. 19. The newly created state award honors excellence by classified school employees and will be given annually.
School Curriculum, Assessment and Accountability Council Virtual Meeting: January 19, 20201

SCAAC recommends changes to proposed weights in Kentucky’s accountability system

During its Jan. 19 virtual meeting, members of the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE)'s School Curriculum, Assessment and Accountability Council (SCAAC) approved a motion to the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) that would adjust the recommended weights in the state’s accountability system. 
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Public comment sought on addendum to Kentucky’s ESEA Consolidated State Plan

The Kentucky Department of Education will be seeking public comment on an addendum to Kentucky’s ESEA Consolidated State Plan to implement the requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act.
Graphic reading: Superintendents Webcast, January 12, 2021

Superintendents hear about $928 million in new funds, vaccine distribution plan

New federal legislation provides the largest discretionary K-12 funding in history, with new allowable uses and streamlined spending.
Graphic reading: 2022 Kentucky Teacher of the Year. Nominate a teacher. Deadline Feb. 20, 2021

Nominations open for 2022 Kentucky Teacher of the Year

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2022 Kentucky Teacher Awards, sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Education and Valvoline Inc.
Graphic reading: From the desk of the commissioner, An update from Jason E. Glass, Ed.D.

Comments from Education Commissioner Jason E. Glass on Gov. Beshear’s budget address

Kentucky Commissioner of Education Jason E. Glass offered the following comments following Gov. Andy Beshear’s second budget address on Wednesday evening.
Graphic reading Senate Education Committee Virtual Meeting, January 7, 2021

Kentucky teachers address state Senate on COVID-19 impact

Four Kentucky teachers addressed the Kentucky Senate Education Committee on Jan. 7 regarding the impact of remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Graphic with three pictures, reading: 2020 Kentucky Special Education Teacher of the Year. Finalists Amber Ervin and Jessica Tipton. Winner Savannah Boone

Winner, finalists named for 2020 Special Education Teacher of the Year

Savannah Boone is the 2020 Special Education Teacher of the Year, while Jessica Tipton and Amber Ervin the two finalists for the award. They will receive cash prizes and other recognition, and Boone will get a scholarship to attend the national Special Education Legislative Summit in summer 2021.
Picture of a man wearing glasses.

Chuck Truesdell named director of government relations for KDE

Kentucky Department of Education Commissioner Jason E. Glass announced today the hiring of Chuck Truesdell as director of government relations for KDE. He will begin his role with the department on Jan. 5.
Graphic reading: COVID-19 Preparing for Reopening in January 2021

Kentucky school reopening guidance for January 2021 released

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) released guidance on Dec. 18 on reopening schools for in-person instruction in January 2021, accompanying a new executive order by Gov. Andy Beshear.