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At a Feb. 17 virtual meeting, the Kentucky Department of Education’s Directors of Special Education (DoSE) Advisory Group discussed new federal funding from the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER II) Grant Program and how the almost $1 billion coming to Kentucky’s schools may affect districts’ local and state funds used to provide special education and related services.
Kentucky’s school superintendents learned Dec. 1 during the Kentucky Department of Education's (KDE) monthly Superintendents’ Webcast that federal rules on reimbursement for some COVID-19-related costs have changed.
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At its July 7 meeting, the Kentucky General Assembly’s Interim Joint Committee on Education heard updates regarding reopening schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic from the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), along with other Kentucky education leaders and the commissioner of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA).
School districts throughout the Commonwealth were informed June 24 that the state is taking steps to provide unlimited non-traditional instruction (NTI) days during the 2020-2021 academic year.
During the third meeting of the Kentucky Career and Technical Education Task Force Aug. 21, Kentucky Department of Education Associate Commissioner David Horseman offered a recommendation for a phased approach to funding and governance alternatives for a new unified CTE system in the Commonwealth.
In a presentation to the Kentucky Budget Review Subcommittee on Education, Commissioner Wayne Lewis and Associate Commissioner David Horseman called for legislators to create a unified system for delivering quality career and technical education for students in the Commonwealth.
While it is important that we address our funding challenges in public education, I am deeply concerned that much of the dialogue has been largely limited to just a funding conversation. The reality of our situation is that achieving KDE and KBE’s shared vision of ensuring that each and every student, regardless of background and characteristics, is empowered and equipped to pursue a successful future, will take much more than funding.
The Kentucky Board of Education voted Feb. 6 to pass a resolution requesting the Kentucky General Assembly to form a task force in 2019 focused on making structural and funding reforms in career and technical education in Kentucky ahead of the 2020 biennial budget session.
Within the Every Student Succeeds Act, terminology such as “well-rounded” is utilized to describe the expectations for a child’s educational needs. With both the arts and music being a part of this definition, new sources of funding have become available to support these content areas.
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