14 October Advocate

14 October Advocate

Kentucky School Advocate

Kentucky School Advocate
Seventeen eastern Kentucky school districts are using federal grant money to explore what may be “the next step in the evolution of education.” The project has established innovation coordinators in each district to help teachers incorporate technology into the classroom.
 
 
With the launch of the world language program review this school year and next, schools will have to figure out ways to incorporate world cultures and “global competency” into both foreign language courses and other classes. The cost to districts is a question mark.
 
 
The 2015 General Assembly will not be building a budget in this short session, but lawmakers are being asked to look at an option that will provide a start to reducing the unfunded liability of the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System.
 
 
A greater-than-average number of incumbents, including some longtimers, chose not to seek re-election this year for various reasons. Of those current board members who did file, a third drew opposition. Find out what other trends cropped up in the Kentucky School Advocate’s regular post-filing roundup.
 
 
Infrastructure, location, acreage and cost – the process of finding and purchasing land for a new school is fraught with pitfalls for school boards. State education department officials and school architects have some tips on what boards should look for … and avoid.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
In this issue
 
Two freshmen at Betsy Layne High School in Floyd County work together on a class project using district-provided, take-home laptops. Funds for one-to-one projects, as well as other technology-based initiatives are just one part of a $30 million Race to the Top grant awarded to the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative.  
 
 
About the magazine
The Kentucky School Advocate is published 10 times a year by the Kentucky School Boards Association. Copies are mailed to KSBA members as part of their association membership. One additional issue each year is published exclusively on KSBA’s website.
 
Executive Director
Mike Armstrong
 
Member Support/Communications Services Director
Brad Hughes
 
Advocate Editor
Madelynn Coldiron
 
Publications Coordinator
Jennifer Wohlleb
 
Account Executive
Mary Davis
 
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