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Commissioner of Education Jason E. Glass announced Oct. 14 that Thomas Woods-Tucker will serve as the Kentucky Department of Education’s first chief equity officer and will lead the Office of Teaching and Learning as the department's next deputy commissioner.
"As an educator and native Kentuckian, I (along with many others in the state) have been shaken over the death of Breonna Taylor, who not too long ago graduated from Western High School in Louisville and was working to build a career and life serving others as a health care worker.
I think one of the hardest things for those of us who are planning for the upcoming school year – parents and teachers alike – is the uncertainty of it all.
Recent events in Kentucky and across the United States have shed light on the need to rethink how we’re teaching children — and ourselves — to fight racism. Kentucky Educational Television (KET) has created a list of free resources that address race and racism to use as tools to support learning for middle and high school students, as well as younger students.
The Kentucky Board of Education approved a resolution affirming its commitment to racial equity in Kentucky’s public schools, voted to provide additional flexibility to school districts and announced Kentucky’s new education commissioner during a special meeting on July 10.
I am pleased to share that the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) announced today that Jason Glass will be Kentucky’s next commissioner of education. Dr. Glass has been serving as superintendent and chief learner for Jeffco Public Schools in the metro Denver area since 2017.