January 2020 | Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence
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January 2020

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  • Scholarship Tax Credits re-emerge in the 2020 Session

    At a rally in Frankfort this week for “National School Choice Week,” school choice advocates and policymakers called – once again – for Kentucky to adopt scholarship tax credits. Past legislative sessions have seen proposals that would establish tax credits for individuals and businesses donating funds to a qualified scholarship granting organization to provide financial support to families to send students to private schools or to provide services to students with special needs. The estimated cost to the state General Fund of these past proposals has exceeded $200 million – ranging from $21 to $50 million annually.
  • Change requires transformation, reformation, and risk.

    Our education system is at a crux. A generation of students face unprecedented challenges of a global society. Experienced teaching professionals with a wealth of institutional knowledge are in a phase of the retirement process. Young teachers feel overwhelmed and under-supported, and education funding is threatened daily. Further, superintendents are faced with a dilemma: meet the requirements of a traditional, bureaucratic instructional system whose academic performance is based on standardized testing or providing cutting-edge opportunities for their students to prepare them for a workforce of the future. A lack of time, money, and support for personnel adds to the burden of creating change within their districts.
  • A RENEWED APPROACH TO PROFICIENCY FOR ALL

    JANUARY 2020 \\\\\ ROBERTSON COUNTY At first, the idea of a four-minute scavenger hunt seeking examples of basic geometry terms seemed like a dud. Students in Deana Rosenthal’s 4th grade classroom in Robertson County first responded by looking at each other as much as surveying the room. Soon, however, someone noticed perpendicular lines on the door frame. Or the parallel stripes of the classroom flag. Students jumped from their seats to trace the mortar between the blocks in the wall — the right angles of perpendiculars. The flagpole was declared a line segment.
  • Governor’s “education first” budget proposal a good first step

    January 29, 2020

    Strategic investments still needed in early childhood, K-12 and higher education
    On Tuesday night, the first step in the state budget process began as Gov. Andy Beshear released his budget proposal, which placed education funding as a top priority. The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence has analyzed the governor’s proposal through the lens of its Big Bold…

  • Analysis: How did education fare in Gov. Beshear’s first budget?

    We are pleased to see the commitment by the Governor to make strides that stem the erosion of education funding in the face of significant budget challenges. Based on $1.256 billion in additional resources over the biennium, major elements of the Governor’s proposed budget include: investments to fully fund pensions, a $2,000 raise for school teachers, restoration of textbook funding, a 1% increase in the base SEEK per-pupil guarantee, increasing the base funding to colleges and universities, and increasing student financial aid continuing a commitment to allocate 100% of lottery proceeds to scholarships.
  • Properly Supporting Kentucky’s Future

    Purposeful, meaningful change in education requires innovative district-level leadership from both superintendent and school board. For instance, a school board can show support of a superintendent's ideas and through the decision-making processes to allocate resources to support initiatives, such as personnel and funding (Lavalley, 2017). Research suggests that decisions made among districts' superintendents and their school board members directly attributes to the academic performance within high-performing schools (Delagardelle, 2006).
  • Failing to Deliver: Kentucky lacks in providing Black students with advanced learning opportunities

    With the release of its report, Inequities in Advanced Coursework, The Education Trust has found that Kentucky schools are radically failing to include Black students in elementary gifted and talented programs. The report also shows that Kentucky is the 9th worst in the U.S. when it comes to Black students access to 8th grade Algebra.

    The…

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