Prichard Committee Statement on Kentucky Board of Education’s actions
July 10, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Jessica Fletcher, Senior Director,
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The Prichard Committee
Prichard Committee Statement on Kentucky Board of Education's actions
Brigitte Blom Ramsey, President & CEO, comments on new commissioner and racial equity resolution
“Congratulations to Dr. Jason Glass on being named the next Kentucky commissioner of education. The Kentucky Board of Education has chosen a highly experienced candidate with the capacity to return our state to its place as a national leader in educational improvement.
We were exceptionally pleased with the diversity of the final pool of candidates and urge Commissioner Glass to put together a diverse leadership team at KDE that reflects the diversity of Kentucky’s public school students. All three final candidates would have served Kentucky exceptionally well. We look forward to continuing to work with Dr. Cummings-Smith and Dr. Heilig in their positions at Jefferson County Public Schools and at the University of Kentucky.
Now, amid both the COVID-19 pandemic and a national awakening on systemic racism, we need a strong leader who can strengthen our education outcomes in this critical time in our history, and Dr. Glass appears to have all the right qualifications for this weighty task. Kentucky’s schools have simply failed to deliver for students of color, and it is imperative that Dr. Glass owns this truth and uses all available tools to close belief gaps, opportunity gaps, academic achievement gaps, and excellence gaps.
We are especially pleased that Dr. Glass has a history of championing student voice and look forward to inviting him to hold a conversation with our Student Voice Team at his earliest convenience. Our team uses the tools of civic engagement to elevate the voices of young people in education research and policy. We look forward to a productive partnership.
Finally, we applaud the Kentucky Board of Education for its passage of a resolution on racial equity in Kentucky’s K-12 school system. The resolution sends an important signal that now is the time to remedy historical injustices in education, born of racism.”
The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence is an independent, nonpartisan, citizen-led organization working to improve education in Kentucky, with excellence and equity – early childhood through postsecondary.