Gov. Beshear creates Teachers’ Retirement Work Group to address funding issues

In an effort to strengthen the solvency of the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System (KTRS), Gov. Steve Beshear this week by executive order created a 23-member work group made up of policy and education leaders. The Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System Funding Work Group, to be led by former state senator and former State Board of Education Chairman David Karem, will meet over the [...]

By |2015-06-18T09:09:51-04:00June 18, 2015|

Half of incoming kindergartners are ready for school

Gov. Steve Beshear announced Wednesday that 50 percent of students who started kindergarten this school year were ready to learn and succeed. That is up from 49 percent last year. Despite the gain, about 24,500 students entered kindergarten unprepared. “While we are moving in the right direction, this data reinforces the importance of quality early learning opportunities for all children,” [...]

By |2018-11-28T15:49:28-05:00January 22, 2015|

Education and the State of the Commonwealth

Terry Holliday It was my honor to attend the State of the Commonwealth speech last week when Gov. Steve Beshear made his eighth and final such address. A written copy of the full speech is available online, as is a video and audio recording courtesy of KET. It was very exciting to have the governor list the amazing [...]

By |2020-09-23T11:27:27-04:00January 13, 2015|

Governor, first lady honored for dropout prevention work

Gov. Steve Beshear and First Lady Jane Beshear this week received the National Dropout Prevention Network’s 2014 Crystal Star Award for Distinguished Leadership and Service. “Governor Beshear and the first lady have demonstrated their commitment to education by championing programs and legislation designed to ensure that students throughout the state not only graduate high school but are college- and career-ready,” [...]

By |2014-11-05T12:18:02-05:00November 6, 2014|

Gov. Beshear makes appointments to boards and commissions

Gov. Steve Beshear recently made several appointments to education-related boards and commissions. Debra Katie Bentley, a community support coordinator at NorthKey Community Care, and Anita C. Dowd, an executive staff adviser at the Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, were appointed to the Kentucky State Advisory Panel for Exceptional Children. Beshear also reappointed the following members to the panel: Martha [...]

By |2013-11-21T08:45:01-05:00November 21, 2013|

Gov. Beshear to chair Southern Regional Education Board

Signaling his commitment to continuing improvements in education for Kentucky and the region, Gov. Steve Beshear accepted chairmanship of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). He was elected to lead the 80-member board of governors, legislators and state education leaders as they explore ways to advance the educational performance of students at every level.  The board’s annual meeting was held [...]

By |2013-07-03T10:30:32-04:00July 4, 2013|

Governor signs alternative high school diploma legislation

Gov. Steve Beshear signed a bill on Monday that will benefit students with disabilities by allowing them to earn an alternative high school diploma. “We know how important it is that every student receives an education, and how important it is to high school students that they be rewarded with a diploma for their hard work when they successfully complete [...]

By |2012-04-30T14:18:42-04:00May 3, 2012|
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