Students on the Kentucky Department of Education’s (KDE’s) Commissioner’s Student Advisory Council joined Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman and Gov. Andy Beshear on May 12 at the Kentucky State Capitol for the ceremonial signing of House Bill (HB) 44, which allows local school districts’ attendance policies to include provisions for a student’s mental health or behavioral health status.
Kentucky Education and Labor Cabinet Secretary Jamie Link brings ‘lifelong learning’ to newly merged cabinet
Jamie Link began leading the Kentucky Labor Cabinet in July 2021, but several months later, he was asked to lead an entirely new cabinet. In November 2021, Gov. Andy Beshear announced he would be merging the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet with the Labor Cabinet.
Kentucky superintendents discuss legislature’s decision to strike down emergency regulation on paid leave for quarantined school staff
Following the Kentucky General Assembly’s decision to disallow an emergency regulation related to paid leave for district employees, leadership from the Kentucky Department of Education met with school district leaders during the Superintendent Webcast on March 8 to provide details on how to move forward for quarantined staff.
In Kentucky, we are known for setting records – most notably in college sports, horse racing and the bourbon industry. Keeping with that theme, the first half of Governor Beshear’s and my term has been one for the record books.
With Gov. Andy Beshear signing House Bill 5 into law last week, leadership from the Kentucky Department of Education met virtually on Jan. 20 with superintendents of districts impacted by the December tornado outbreak to discuss details of the bill and the process for appropriating the $30 million made available to KDE for disaster relief.
Commissioner of Education Jason E. Glass met with local superintendents on Dec. 16 to ensure the Kentucky Department of Education addresses the real-time needs of districts most affected by the Dec. 10-11 tornadoes.
Following devastating tornadoes that ripped through Western Kentucky on Dec. 10-11, superintendents from the impacted districts provided updates from their local communities during the Kentucky Department of Education’s Dec. 14 Superintendents Webcast.
One of the best predictors of student success is the extent to which families are encouraging learning at home, Kathy Burkhardt, senior director of the Learning Grove and former superintendent of Erlanger-Elsmere Independent, told the Superintendents Advisory Council during a Nov. 17 meeting.
Gov. Andy Beshear kicked off Family Engagement in Education Week at the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort on Nov. 15 by signing a proclamation designating it as a statewide celebration of families and schools.
Following last week’s passage of Senate Bill 1, leadership from the Kentucky Department of Education convened the state’s superintendents on Sept. 14 to further discuss the legislation’s impact on public schools.