PERSPECTIVES MARCH 2017 | Andrews Named Communications Director

Michael Andrews recently joined the Prichard Committee as its communications director. Most recently, he was senior vice president for community engagement for the Arts & Science Council, the local arts agency in Charlotte, N.C., leading government relations, marketing and fund raising strategy. In this new position for the Prichard Committee, Andrews will lead communications and […]

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PERSPECTIVES MARCH 2017 | VIEWPOINT: The Time is Now to Provide Feedback on KY’s New Accountability System

The Time Is Now to Provide Feedback on Kentucky’s New Accountability System By Brigitte Blom Ramsey Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) Commissioner Stephen Pruitt released his State of P-12 Public Education Report on February 22. The lead and major thread of that report was the need to do more to ensure that every one of Kentucky’s […]

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PERSPECTIVES MARCH 2017 | Student Voice Team Discussions Go Online

To elevate more independent student voices, the Prichard Committee Student Voice Team recently launched “Voices from the Front,” a new digital forum providing space for student thought and feedback on a range of education issues. The user-friendly blog format reaches out to youth-serving organizations and individuals for submissions, and by promoting posts across multiple social […]

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PERSPECTIVES MARCH 2017 | Town Halls on School Accountability

KY Department of Education (KDE) Commissioner Steven Pruitt is hosting town hall meetings across the state to hear community comments on the state’s new school accountability plan. Powerpoint for town hall meetings. Click here for more information. TOWN HALL MEETINGS | Kentucky Education Listens: Accountability Development All meetings are 6:30 – 8 p.m. local time. Wednesday, March […]

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PERSPECTIVES WINTER 2016 | Progress, Concern Evident in National Measures

Progress, Concern Evident in National Measures ‘Top 20 by 2020’ Update Shows Mixed Picture for Ky. Since ’08 A new look at national education indicators across a range of education issues shows uneven progress in Kentucky toward moving into the top tier of states. In more than half of the categories the Prichard Committee has […]

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PERSPECTIVES WINTER 2016 | Prichard Report Highlights Charter School Fundamentals

Prichard Report Highlights Charter  School Fundamentals The Prichard Committee’s 2014 primer on charter school issues was summarized at a November special study session of the State Board of Education focused on learning more about charter schools. The meeting drew an overflow crowd after election victories gave Republicans a majority in the state legislature and made […]

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PERSPECTIVES WINTER 2016 | A Gift Toward Kentucky’s Future

  A Gift Toward Kentucky’s Future THE ROLL CALL of early supporters of the Prichard Committee who have died since our battle for better education began in the early 1980s reminds us of how much they gave to improve our schools and the challenge we still face in the struggle for our children’s future. Three […]

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PERSPECTIVES WINTER 2016 | Early Learning Study Funded

Early Learning Study Funded A $50,000 grant from The Northern Kentucky Family of Funds of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation will finance the Early Childhood Provider Cost of Quality study in Kentucky. The study, led by the Prichard Committee, will provide information to policymakers and legislators about targeted long-term investments and the importance of adequate fees […]

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PERSPECTIVES WINTER 2016 | State Debuts New Ratings for Early-Years Programs

State Debuts New Ratings for Early-Years  Programs Kentucky  launched  a  new  five-star   tiered quality rating and improvement system in July for all early care and education programs that receive public funding. The new system, known as Kentucky All STARS, is designed to recognize public preschool, child care centers, and Head Start programs for continuous quality […]

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PERSPECTIVES WINTER 2016 | RETROSPECTIVE: ‘Education is the Path to a Larger Life’

‘Education is the Path to a Larger Life’ The first report of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence was released in 1985, when Dot Ridings served as the committee’s chair. The Path to a Larger Life was published, according to then-executive director Robert Sexton, “so that the public can get in on the conversation about […]

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