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Rep. Charles Miller (D-Louisville) expresses concerns about proposed changes to School-Based Decision Making Councils during the Interim Joint Committee on Education. (photo via LRC Public Information)

Senate sends two education bills to the House

The Kentucky Senate has sent two bills to the House dealing with public education: one on SBDM councils, and another on teacher tribunals.
Elementary school students building ROVs (photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Vaughan Dill [public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)

With deadly shootings on their minds, lawmakers unveil SB1 to try to make schools...

State Sen. Max Wise unveiled a bi-partisan, comprehensive 30-page bill (SB1) on Wednesday intended to make Kentucky schools safer.
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State BOE will push for more parent voice, but also more power for administrators

Changes to school-based councils, more flexibility for administrators, and reforms to teacher tribunals are some of the Board of Ed priorities for 2019.
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Kentucky graduation rules approved by KBE

The KY Board of Education approved new graduation requirements on Wednesday, but the changes were a significant step back from what was originally proposed.
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Here are the new graduation requirements

The KY Board of Ed approved new HS graduation requirements on December 5. Want to know what the new reqs are? We've got the list for you (and your kids!).
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KDE dilutes transition readiness in proposed graduation requirements

A criticized transition readiness requirement proposed for high school graduates is being axed from the proposal two days before the final state board vote.
Rep. Charles Miller (D-Louisville) expresses concerns about proposed changes to School-Based Decision Making Councils during the Interim Joint Committee on Education. (photo via LRC Public Information)

Could ‘the good old boy effect’ return if Kentucky school councils were changed?

Site-based decision-making councils (SBDM) were a key feature of Kentucky education reform in 1990. Now there are proposals to change the way they work.
Marion C Moore School (photo from school web site)

The Commonwealth Project: Moving beyond the vacuum

A story on the Commonwealth Project, where students do work they are passionate about, including getting involved politically (like voter registration!)
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KY Board of Education approves new graduation requirements

The Kentucky Board of Education approved new high school graduation requirements Wednesday, with a 30-day public feedback period.
Students taking standardized test (photo by Cpl. Khalil Ross [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Want better test scores? Try supporting teachers instead of fighting them.

Improving schools will require teamwork, trust, and money, all of which are sorely lacking. We must improve performance in classrooms — and the Capitol.

“Rally to Save Our Schools” will feature Dianne Ravitch, Jitu Brown, and Sue Legg

Save Our Schools KY is hosting a rally on October 18 that will bring together education advocates to hear speakers and fight the privatization movement.

Not enough signatures: Drive to recall Fayette school safety tax fails.

An effort to gather the 14,000 signatures needed to put Fayette County’s schools safety tax to a public vote has fallen short.

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