Monday, June 17, 2019
Kentucky Department of Education Associate Commissioner Robin Kinney and KDE Division Director Charles Harman provided a 2020-2022 Biennial Budget Update to the Kentucky Board of Education at its April 8 meeting. Photo by Jacob Perkins, April 8, 2019

KBE chairman requests current and historical budget analysis

Kentucky Department of Education Associate Commissioner Robin Kinney and KDE Division Director Charles Harman provided a 2020-2022 Biennial Budget Update to the Kentucky Board of Education at its April 8 meeting.
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Commissioner Lewis defines ‘novice’ scores as academic emergency

During the Kentucky Board of Education's April 10 meeting, Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis presented a report titled “The Meaning and Significance of Novice Performance on Assessments.”
Bryan Station High School (Fayette County) junior LaMargaret Johnson impressed upon a national audience of chief state school officers and educators the vital importance of strong career and technical education (CTE) programs in a speech in Washington, D.C. Pictured with Johnson are Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis and her teacher, Catherine Vanatter. Photo by Jessica Fletcher, April 8, 2019

Bryan Station junior highlights importance of CTE at national conference

LaMargaret Johnson, a junior at Bryan Station High School (Fayette County), impressed upon a national audience of chief state school officers and educators the vital importance of strong career and technical education (CTE) programs in a speech in Washington, D.C., April 8.
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24 Valvoline Teacher Achievement Award winners named

The Kentucky Department of Education and Valvoline Inc. have selected 24 outstanding Kentucky educators as recipients of the 2020 Valvoline™ Teacher Achievement Awards.
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Education commissioner recommends districts close loophole in sick leave policies

In a memo to 10 superintendents whose districts have experienced school closures due to a high volume of teacher absences since Feb. 28, Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis issued guidance and recommendations March 27.
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Bullitt bus driver, administrator lauded for helping to save student’s life

A bus driver and an assistant principal from the Bullitt County schools have been recognized by Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis for their role in saving a student’s life.
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KDE celebrating Public Schools Week March 25-29

The Kentucky Department of Education is joining educators and education organizations around the nation in celebrating Public Schools Week March 25-29.
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Revised Kentucky Academic Standards adopted for 2019-2020 school year

After undergoing a rigorous revision process that began in 2017, revised standards for health education, physical education, reading and writing, and mathematics have been adopted into law.
Damien Sweeney, KDE’s program coordinator for Comprehensive School Counseling, addresses mental health concerns from the Student Advisory Council. Photo by Jacob Perkins, March 20, 2019

Student Advisory Council discusses mental health, teacher quality

The Kentucky Department of Education’s Commissioner’s Student Advisory Council met March 20 to discuss student mental health and Kentucky’s need for high-quality teachers.
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Work to create standards for school counselors continues

School counselors and postsecondary partners on two advisory councils are working to develop standards both for school counselors and for the preparation of prospective counselors, as well as a model that will illustrate what effective school counseling should look like.