January is a time for new beginnings and a new session of the Kentucky General Assembly. The session will start on Jan. 4 and must end by midnight on April 14. I think this is an exciting time for Kentucky as a whole and for education specifically.
The Kentucky Department of Education’s (KDE’s) Commissioner’s Student Advisory Council (SAC) had the opportunity on Dec. 10 to provide feedback on the Kentucky Board of Education’s (KBE’s) legislative priorities for the upcoming 2022 Kentucky General Assembly.
At a special meeting Jan. 17, the Kentucky Board of Education appointed board members Cody Pauley Johnson, Sharon Porter Robinson and Lee Todd to a team that will evaluate proposals from executive search firms vying to help the board find Kentucky’s next education commissioner.
Following eight years of being under state management, the Kentucky Board of Education voted Dec. 4 to approve Commissioner Wayne Lewis’ recommendation that Breathitt County Schools move to state assistance.
At its Dec. 5 meeting, the Kentucky Board of Education voted to approve a list of legislative priorities for the 2019 session of the General Assembly that places student success and preparedness and family empowerment at the center of our legislative efforts during the upcoming session.
2018 holds the potential for foundational changes that will lead to a stronger and more effective system of public education in Kentucky. However, we are at a pivotal point in the Commonwealth.
At its meeting in Frankfort Dec. 6, the Kentucky Board of Education approved its budget and legislative priorities for the 2018 session of the General Assembly, among other items.
House Bill 520 (2017) cleared the way for the first charter schools in the state and during its regular meeting Oct. 4, the Kentucky Board of Education approved four regulations governing the establishment and operation of public charter schools.