September 6, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For More Information Contact:
Brigitte Blom Ramsey, Executive Director
Kentucky must reinvigorate efforts to improve education
James Graham Brown Foundation grant
to support Prichard Committee’s work
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Creating a greater sense of urgency to accelerate improvements in public education and mobilizing citizens to take more direct action will be the focus of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence’s work under a multi-year grant from the James Graham Brown Foundation.
The $637,500 grant, for work during 2018-2020, will support the committee’s implementation of its strategic plan to help ensure every Kentuckian has access to a world-class public education.
The plan calls for citizens and policymakers to take urgent action to reinvigorate Kentucky’s efforts to build and sustain an education system that delivers top quality for every student and achieves top tier status nationally.
The work also emphasizes the need for a new generation of citizens to act at the local level, recognizing the achievement gaps that persist among groups of students, committing to high expectations for every student, and working as a community to support the unique needs of individual students.
“After decades of improvement, our educational performance has plateaued and even started to decline in several areas,” noted Brigitte Blom Ramsey, executive director of the Prichard Committee. “We need a greater sense of urgency to make education the top priority for investment and for communities to accelerate the achievement of each and every student.”
Such efforts have been at the core of the Prichard Committee’s work throughout its more than 35 years of advocacy for educational excellence. An independent, nonpartisan organization, the committee comprises more than 100 citizen members from across the commonwealth.
Mason Rummel, President and CEO of the James Graham Brown Foundation, notes, “The foundation believes the well-being of individuals and communities is closely linked to educational attainment. Now more than ever, Kentucky needs a strong and unbiased voice to advocate on behalf of public education. The Prichard Committee has been that voice for Kentucky at critical times in the past and we need their voice to continue to be heard.”
“We greatly appreciate the support of the James Graham Brown Foundation, which is a strong partner in spurring excellence in education and the brighter future it will create for Kentuckians,” Ramsey added.
The James Graham Brown Foundation is the largest private foundation in the commonwealth. They invest and leverage their social and financial capital as a catalyst for transformational change in Louisville and throughout Kentucky.
The foundation is comprised of passionate Kentuckians with the shared goals of establishing the commonwealth as a national leader and creating a public image of Louisville and Kentucky of which we can all be proud.
The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence is an independent, statewide advocacy organization dedicated to the improvement of education for all Kentuckians.