Prichard Committee Timeline

1980: Government-appointed Committee led by Edward F. Prichard Jr. organized to make recommendations to improve Kentucky higher education.

1981: Committee publishes their report, In Pursuit of Excellence

1983: Committee re-organizes itself as private, non-profit advocacy group and expands its charge to encompass all levels of public education. Re-names itself after the charismatic Kentucky schools’ advocate, Edward F. Prichard Jr.

1984: Committee organizes Statewide Town Forum on education

1985: Committee publishes Path to a Larger Life

1989: State Supreme Court rules Kentucky education system unconstitutional

1990: Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA) enacted

1997: Kentucky receives Innovations in Government Award from the Ford Foundation and Harvard University

1997: Kentucky higher-education reforms enacted

1997:  Committee launches Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership to train and support parents as reform advocates in their schools

2000: Kentucky early-childhood education reforms enacted

2002:  Committee creates Center for Parent Leadership and spreads parent leadership program to seven states and Washington, D.C.

2006: Kentucky school reform receives the Frank Newman Award for State Innovation from the Education Commission of the States

2007: Partnered with Pre-K Now to promote expansion of quality pre-k through the Strong Start initiative

2008:  Committee celebrates its 25th anniversary & launches Top 20 by 2020, setting ambitious goal for Kentucky education by 2020 and underscoring Kentucky’s progress

2009: Kentucky adopts higher learning goals and revised testing and accountability system

2010: Committee partners with Kentucky Association of School Councils and Council for Better Education to produce Transition Index monitoring school performance during three years between Kentucky’s testing systems

2010: Committee launches ReadyKentucky initiative providing information to parents, teachers and community leaders about new academic standards and other education initiatives

2010: Founding executive director Robert F. Sexton dies

2011: Stu Silberman hired to lead Committee as second executive director

2012: Governor Steve Beshear announces Governor’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership

2013: Bev Raimondo retires and named Director Emeritus, Governor’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership

2013: Cindy Baumert hired as Director, Governor’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership

2013: University of Kentucky to archive papers of education advocate Robert Sexton

2014: Cindy Heine retires as Associate Executive Director after 31 years of service to the Committee

2014: Brigitte Blom Ramsey hired as Associate Executive Director