Beshear Appoints Education Task Force

by Rick Howlett on October 19, 2009

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has appointed a 27 member task force to chart the future of the state’s public education system.

Beshear held a series of press conferences across the state Monday to announce the formation of the panel, called Transforming Education in Kentucky, or TEK. It’s made up of state lawmakers, education officials, mayors and business leaders.

During a stop at Male High School in Louisville, the governor said the world has changed dramatically since sweeping education reforms were approved by the Kentucky General Assembly in 1990.

“Our competitors, which are not just other states, but also other nations, have not only matched our progress, but in some cases have exceeded it,” Beshear said.

Beshear says some of the issues the panel will tackle include improving career and technical education, better use of technology in education and easing the transition from preschool to kindergarten.

The task force will issue a report next year to be considered by the 2011 General Assembly.

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Attica Scott October 19, 2009 at 2:52 pm

Were any students in Kentucky’s educational system appointed to serve on this task force?

Myrdin Thompson October 19, 2009 at 3:01 pm

There are no students assigned to the task force and parents are not represented either. The KY PTA as well as 15th D. PTA (here in Jeff Co.) have asked that parents be a part of this crucial conversation. Students are also represented by the PTSA. But i concur with your point. I think it would be important to ask if these are high school or college students.

Marlene Helfrich October 19, 2009 at 9:46 pm

There are three groups in the schools that have direct contact with children- they are the teachers, parents, the principal and related staff.
How can any discussion on Education take place with out these partners in Education being represented. To exclude the PTA who are Key communicators with parents or any of the other groups is loosing a very important voice.

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