2016 Fall Perspectives: STUDENT VOICE | Report Seeks Roles for Student Input

STUDENT VOICE | Report Seeks Roles for Student Input Student perspectives go untapped and unheeded in schools across Kentucky, ignoring a highly valuable take on improvement and motivated individuals who could help to improve culture, instruction and achievement, according to a new report from the Prichard Committee Student Voice Team. Nearly all schools lack a mechanism […]

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2016 Fall Perspectives: HIGHER EDUCATION | A New Subject: Performance-Based Funding

HIGHER EDUCATION | A New Subject: Performance-Based Funding Lawmakers, policymakers, and higher education leaders are busy studying an important new subject as Kentucky joins a growing list of states working to tie funding formulas to college and university performance and student outcomes as a lever for improvement. The 2016 legislature mandated that starting in 2018, 5 […]

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2016 Fall Perspectives: Local Action Urged on Achievement Gaps ‘Shared Responsibility’ Needed Across Communities

Local Action Urged on Achievement Gaps ‘Shared Responsibility’ Needed Across Communities   The achievement gap among Kentucky students persists despite the state’s overall academic gains, according to the findings of a Prichard Committee Study Group. The group said that urgency is needed to make sure schools deliver better results to students from poor families, children […]

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RETROSPECTIVES | WADE MOUNTZ of LOUISVILLE

RETROSPECTIVES   |   WADE MOUNTZ of LOUISVILLE ‘Carrying the Flag’ for Student Learning Wade Mountz was born in the farming community of Winona, Ohio, in 1924. He earned his undergraduate degree at Baldwin-Wallace College (University) in Berea, Ohio, and his Master’s degree in Hospital Administration at the University of Minnesota. In 1950, he joined Norton Memorial […]

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Kentucky Gives Day is May 24

Kentucky Gives Day is May 24 The Prichard Committee will participate in Kentucky Gives Day on Tuesday, May 24. The program will support organizations across the state. The statewide day of giving is organized by the Kentucky Nonprofit Network. Stu Silberman, the retired Prichard Committee executive director, pledged a $1,000 challenge match to support our […]

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Panel Describes Early Childhood Next Steps

Panel Describes Early Childhood Next Steps Next steps in expanding and improving early childhood programs in Kentucky include stronger links between early childhood experiences and early elementary grades, greater local collaboration between public and private providers, expanded health and development programs for young families, and increased state funding. The areas for growth were identified in […]

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Danville, Floyd Sessions Promote Investment

Danville, Floyd Sessions Promote Investment    Business leaders in Danville and Floyd County held meetings earlier this year to learn about brain development in young children and discuss the importance of greater investments in quality early childhood programs. At both gatherings, early childhood professional and advocate Nicki Patton Rowe, a leader in creating Kentucky’s KIDS […]

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Pruitt Rethinks Measures of School Success

Pruitt Rethinks Measures of School Success An 11-stop “listening tour” by Kentucky’s education commissioner marked the first step in an ambitious plan to recreate the state’s school accountability system after changes by Congress gave states more flexibility in designing school-success measures. Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt placed a central question in front of educators and community […]

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VIEWPOINT | Improvement is Still Possible

VIEWPOINT   |   BRIGITTE BLOM RAMSEY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Improvement is Still Possible The story has been well told over the years — the story of the Prichard Committee’s commitment to providing a citizen voice advocating for vastly improved education for all Kentuckians. The moral is that citizen voices matter. When we come together with a shared […]

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Two-Year Budget Holds K-12 Funding Steady

Two-Year Budget Holds K-12 Funding Steady Lawmakers in Frankfort concluded the 2016 Regular Session of the General Assembly in a flurry of activity during the waning hours of April 15. Shifting politics provided a dynamic backdrop — with a new governor, mid-session special elections and the prospect of a heated general election in November casting […]

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