Monday, August 19, 2019
Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis speaks with two Graves County Middle School students during the Graves County Conversation with the Commissioner Tour.

Graves County hosts Commissioner Wayne Lewis, KBE Chair Hal Heiner

Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis and Kentucky Board of Education chairman Hal Heiner visited the Graves County school district June 26. 
Malcolm Mitchell, a former wide receiver for the New England Patriots, speaks to a crowd of early childhood educators at the 2019 Early Childhood Institute conference in Louisville. Photo by Jacob Perkins, June 19, 2019

Former NFL player, education leaders emphasize early learning

The Governor’s Office of Early Childhood hosted the 2019 Early Childhood Institute for hundreds of early childhood educators from across Kentucky.
The Kentucky Career and Technical Education Task Force is ready to take a hard look at career and technical education in Kentucky in an attempt to address inequities in the system.

Legislative task force to examine CTE systems

The Kentucky Career and Technical Education Task Force held the first in a series of meetings June 18 that could lead to structural and funding reforms.
Members of the Education Professional Standards Board listen as Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis, third from left, and Kentucky Department of Education Chief Digital Officer Marty Park, front right, discuss the need for more computer science teachers in Kentucky. Lewis told the board KDE will be working to combat teacher shortages in a number of areas. Photo by Danielle Harris, June 17, 2019

KDE, EPSB to tackle teacher shortages

Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis said raising awareness of teaching opportunities available to other professionals will be an important part of the work to combat “significant” teacher shortages in Kentucky.
More than 2,000 teachers and school administrators attended Get to Know Your Standards Learning Labs conducted across the state by KDE staff.

More than 2,000 Kentucky educators attend academic standards learning labs

More than 2,000 teachers and school administrators attended Get to Know Your Standards Learning Labs conducted across the state by Kentucky Department of Education staff.
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KBE moves Menifee County from state management to state assistance

At its regular meeting on June 5, the Kentucky Board of Education voted unanimously to move Menifee County schools from being under state management to state assistance.
Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis, center, announces a new summer reading and math initiative at the Kentucky Board of Education meeting June 5.

Kentucky Department of Education launches summer reading initiative

Children will be given free books at several lunch programs being held across the state this summer as a part of the Kentucky Department of Education’s summer reading and math initiative, Stride, Don’t Slide!
At its meeting June 5, Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis, left, and Kentucky Board of Education Chair Hal Heiner presented Sandy Smock with the eighth annual Dr. Johnnie Grissom Award.

Longtime KSD educator Sandy Smock receives Grissom Award

At its June 5 meeting, the Kentucky Board of Education presented the eighth annual Dr. Johnnie Grissom Award to Sandy Smock, agriculture teacher and FFA adviser for the Kentucky School for the Deaf.
At its meeting June 5, the Kentucky Board of Education presented the Dr. Samuel Robinson Award to Dr. Chandra Varia, second from left, a retired physician from Floyd County.

Retired physician receives Dr. Samuel Robinson Award

At its meeting June 5 in Frankfort, the Kentucky Board of Education presented the Dr. Samuel Robinson Award to Dr. Chandra Varia, a retired physician from Floyd County.
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Kentucky to expand school-based healthcare services for children

Gov. Matt Bevin announced June 3 that the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, in partnership with the Kentucky Department of Education, will seek an amendment to Kentucky’s Medicaid state plan to provide greater healthcare access to students in schools across the Commonwealth by allowing for the payment of qualifying physical and mental health services.