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Education Commissioner Creates Student Council For Feedback

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday is forming an 11-member student council that will provide the education department with feedback on issues affecting students.

The Next-Generation Student Council is inviting 10th and 11th grade public school students to apply for membership to the year-long program. Students will meet with Holliday and department staff both in person and digitally from around the commonwealth. They’ll discuss how decisions made at the state level affect the education of the students and how student achievement can be improved.

Applications will be accepted through Nov. 30. A committee of department representatives will review the applications make their decision based on an applicant’s ideas and goals. Students will serve during the 2011-2012 school year.

The application and answers to certain questions can be found here.

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Kentucky's Second Race to the Top Application Submitted Today

by Stephanie Crosby

The Kentucky Department of Education is submitting the state’s new application for federal Race to the Top dollars today. A new aspect of the application is a provision that would tie teacher evaluations – in part – to student achievement.

Spokesperson Lisa Gross says the Race to the Top program wants to see progress in student achievement.

“In order to gauge student achievement, we have to have things in place like tests and accountability programs and so forth,” says Gross, “and Race to the Top also puts the responsibility for raising student achievement on the grown-ups, on teachers, on administrators.”

Gross says Kentucky could receive up to $175-million in this round of Race to the Top. In the first round, only two states received awards.

She says Kentucky missed out on the first round because of its lack of charter schools. That still hasn’t been addressed in the most recent application, because the General Assembly hasn’t changed state law to allow such schools.