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Kentucky School Advocate
January 2017 
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"I am a changed teacher because of the program. I have seen the importance of conceptual learning over just paper and pencil activities and how important games, number talks, and intentional teaching really develop understanding and a love for math. The students love to come to math group and are more willing to take risks and not worry about wrong answers. They have become real problem solvers.” Newport Independent Primary School math intervention teacher Jennifer Sepate on the benefits of a grant-funded, math-focused training program being used in her district. From the Covington River City News. Click here for full story
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“In the 33 districts I’m visiting this year, with our new science assessments rolling out, I’m going to see science at all grades, especially nontested years. It’s not going to be walk through, high-five the kids and the teacher and leave. I’m going in for a half an hour. I’m not sure they know (the visits) are a double whammy. It’s not just the commissioner coming in. It’s somebody who knows a little bit about what good science instruction looks like.” Education Commissioner Stephen L. Pruitt to the Kentucky Board of Education on a different approach he will take in 2017 when visiting schools across the state. From the Frankfort KSBA eNews Service. Click here for full story
“We’ve all learned more about that equipment than we ever wanted to know.” Burgin Independent Board of Education Chairman Bob Clark after a discussion about the need to replace the district’s ailing solid waste grinder. From the Harrodsburg HeraldClick here for full story

“It was a bad email that a very good employee sent. Schools have always had access to all applicants and the hiring of school-based staff has always complied with KRS 160.345. It takes a lot of work to do the screening. The email described our systems, but then went further and this is where the issue arose. As a district, we have taken the necessary steps to be in full compliance with OEA.” Boyle County Schools Superintendent Mike LaFavers on an Office of Education Accountability determination that an interoffice email on how school vacancies were filled circumvented school council authority on such matters. From the Danville Advocate-Messenger. Click here for full story

“It gives accountability back to the superintendents and the school board. The superintendents are held accountable to the taxpayers, but we don’t give the superintendents the tools that they need. So we have a dysfunctional system that’s not accountable to the public.” Sen. John Schickel (R-Union) on his plans to try again to get the legislature to return some school-level authority from site-based decision making councils to superintendents, as was the case prior to the Kentucky Education Reform Act of 1990. From the Bowling Green Daily NewsClick here for full story

“The data retreat was time well spent, as school leaders from across the district were given the opportunity to exchange ideas, and to support one another. The work done over these three days will greatly benefit our students.” McCreary County Schools Superintendent Mike Cash on a day-long workshop assisted by staff of the Southeast/South-Central Educational Cooperative to develop state-mandated school and district improvement plans. From the Whitley City McCreary VoiceClick here for full story

“It’s not a board decision; it’s a community decision.” Crittenden County Board of Education member Bill Asbridge on the possibility of building a new high school, which would require a tax increase to sufficiently boost the district’s bonding potential. From the Marion Crittenden Press. Click here for full story

“I can’t express enough my gratitude to our chamber businesses for stepping up and donating their time and services to help our school systems. These first three months have been absolutely inspiring. I believe this program will grow and become a highlight of our community.” Paris-Bourbon County Chamber of Commerce Director Debra Hammelback on a community initiative in which business owners/personnel talk about career opportunities to students of Bourbon County and Paris Independent schools. From the Paris Bourbon County CitizenClick here for full story
Embedded Image for:  (20161219101634589_image.jpg) “It may not be an issue, but my first response is protecting our staff. I mean, what liability falls upon those individuals, plus getting them certified when they have enough to do already? Especially when the services that are already certified to do it are so close and available.” Owen County Board of Education Member Cara Stewart regarding her concerns about allowing the district to store and use heroin overdose medications. From the Owenton News-Herald. Click here for full story

“I was not aware of KRS 160.180 until after the election. It is true that I have two uncles that work for the school system; one is a custodian at ALES and the other drives a bus. I regret that I will not be able to accept the position that I won by an overwhelming show of support by the voters in my district.” Greg Cooper, who successfully campaigned for a seat on the LaRue County school board, only to learn the hard way about Kentucky’s nepotism statute. From the Hodgenville LaRue County Herald-News. Click here for full story

“We have the power to change the direction of education attainment in Muhlenberg County. With higher percentages of adults attaining degrees and certification come opportunities for new business and industry along with a more qualified workforce pool for existing employers to select from.” Gail Johnson, program manager of a local foundation, on creation of an initiative to use “e-coaches” as mentors to high school seniors going to college or seeking certification for a trade. From the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer. Click here for full story

“You’re in a classroom, but you don’t really have a classroom.” Junior Garrett Arterburn on one favorite aspect of his electrical application studies at the Barren County Area Technology Center. From the Glasgow Daily Times. Click here for full story

“I lied. Okay. Now what? You gonna fire me?” Ex-Jefferson County elementary teacher Jennifer Tyra as quoted in her termination letter after it was discovered that she claimed two days’ sick leave but posts on her social media account showed that she was on a cruise both days. From WDRB-TV in Louisville. Click here for full story

“We are not asking for people to leave; we aren’t even asking for people to stop smoking or using tobacco. We are just sending a message that tobacco is not used on our property. Tobacco-free schools give adults the opportunity to be role models for tobacco-free lifestyles and to set the tone for reduced social acceptance of tobacco use. Studies show that students in tobacco-free schools are less likely to start smoking.” Bullitt County Schools safe and drug-free schools coordinator Sarah Smith on extension of the district’s no tobacco use policy to extracurricular activities. From the Shepherdsville Pioneer-News. Click here for full story

“All charter schools are public schools. They’re open to all children, they do not charge tuition, and there are no special entrance requirements. It’s simply a parental choice school: they can choose school A or school B, whatever they feel meets the needs of their child. It’s actually not giving up (on public schools). It brings a greater level of specialization in education across the state.” State Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Secretary Hal Heiner, a longtime charter school advocate, during a KET Kentucky Tonight program. From Kentucky Educational Television in Lexington. Click here for full story

“Why not give the public schools the same opportunity? If we don’t have to go by every regulation and every law, if we can pick and choose which ones we go by then certainly things could be different.” Murray Independent Schools Superintendent Bob Rogers during a local chamber of commerce forum on the upcoming legislative session. From WKMS Radio in Murray. Click here for full story
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