State of Kentucky Archives: on Education
Investment in education and our teachers is essential
The world is changing, and so must our educational expectations change. Today, our students must respond to the economic pressures of a highly skilled global economy. This global competition requires a different and vaster set of skills than in the past.
A strong education system is essential to advancing our workforce and economy. Businesses looking to expand or locate in Kentucky need to know that we can provide the workforce they need to compete and thrive.
That is why investment in education and our teachers is essential.
In Kentucky, our students' educational successes determine the future prosperity of our state. We must provide all students every
opportunity to achieve at high levels. Students need educational opportunities that address their specific learning needs and are not tied to test scores.
Source: 2016 Kentucky Senate campaign website, GrayForKentucky.com
Aug 8, 2016
Move to performance based funding for state universities
The funding provided to state universities out of the General Fund will begin to be distributed based upon performance criteria--often referred to as "outcomes based funding"--
that will be developed in collaboration with the leadership of state universities. It is this Administration's intention to fully phase in outcome-based funding over a three-year period starting in FY '18.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Kentucky legislature
Jan 26, 2016
End education monopoly with school choice and vouchers
As federal overreach in our education system has grown, positive outcomes have diminished. We need to end the monopoly that exists in Kentucky's school system by supporting school choice and school vouchers. It's time to Stop Common Core and its "one
size fits all" approach. Instead, let's empower local school boards, local principals and local teachers to make the decisions that are the best for their students, and most importantly, empower parents over bureaucrats.
Source: 2015 Kentucky Gubernatorial campaign website, MattBevin.com
Aug 11, 2015
FactCheck: No, not MIT grad; education is "School of Life"
Matt Bevin has come out with a new ad defending his claimed affiliation with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "I'm a small-business owner, I've not had a resume in over 20 years. I've never claimed on a resume or to anyone ever that I'm a
graduate of MIT. This is a lie made up by Mitch McConnell," Bevin says in his new radio ad.
Bevin's representation of his educational background became an issue after The Hill reported last year that Bevin indicated that he was an MIT graduate or
graduate of an MIT-affiliated program, in the headline section of his LinkedIn page. Further down his page, he stated he was a 2008 graduate of the Entrepreneurial Master's Program at the MIT Endicott campus. School officials said the three-week seminar
Bevin attended had no formal link to the school.
Bevin changed his LinkedIn page to clarify that he did not graduate from MIT afterwards. Bevin now lists his education as "School of Life" instead of MIT in the headline section of his LinkedIn page.
Source: AdWatch by The Hill e-zine on 2014 Kentucky Senate race
Apr 17, 2014
Every child has the right to a quality education
EXPANDING ACCESS TO QUALITY EDUCATION: Alison will also work with families, educators and schools to ensure our children have access to quality education and are equipped with the tools and resources necessary to succeed. Education is the passport out of
poverty, and every child has the right to a quality education. A good education is an economic necessity and should not be a luxury. Education is the gateway to good-paying jobs, economic growth and a strong middle class.
Mitch McConnell negotiated a Washington budget deal that caused 1,100 Kentucky children to lose access to early childhood education and cut an estimated
$31.8 million from Kentucky schools. He also opposed legislation to hire and preserve jobs for teachers and blocked legislation to preserve low interest rates for students.
Source: 2014 Senate campaign website AlisonForKentucky.com "Issues"
Feb 3, 2014
We made cuts to survive; now let's assess damage
[In the Great Recession], we made cuts to certain programs that hurt, cuts that none of us would have made if we had not been forced to make them to survive. Well, we survived--better than most states--but now we must ask ourselves: What damage did we do
Source: 2013 State of the State speech to Kentucky Legislature
Feb 6, 2013
- We froze funding in our K-12 classrooms, despite rising costs.
- We eliminated funding for textbooks, going from $21.7 million in 2008 to zero. Instead of taking books home to study, students often must leave them for the next class.
We cut school safety funding by 60% at a time in which we must be more vigilant, not less.
- We cut funding to our universities--causing tuition to go up an average of 4% a year at our community and technical schools and nearly 7% a year at our largest
- At the same time, we reduced aid to needy students. In fact, we were forced to slam the door in the faces of some 73,000 would-be students--in just one year--who came to us asking for help to go to college.
Reinvest in SEEK: Support Education Excellence in Kentucky
Now that we're emerging from the recession, it's time to rebuild programs, and reinvest in our future. For example:
Source: 2013 State of the State speech to Kentucky Legislature
Feb 6, 2013
- It will take up to $300 million a year to fully fund the ARC for the Kentucky Retirement System.
- Fully funding SEEK--the basic
formula for classroom instruction--will also take substantial new revenues. We have protected SEEK from cuts.From 2008 to 2014, it grew zero percent--in a time when enrollment was growing, maintenance and other costs were increasing, and local support in
some areas was dropping. Our schools aren't treading water. They are slowly sinking. If we had maintained that [previous average] 3.4% a year growth for SEEK, we would be spending right now an additional $550 million on classroom instruction.
It will take $75.8 million to restore cuts made since 2008 to textbooks, ongoing teacher training, school safety, technology, and programs like after-school and tutoring that prevent drop-outs by helping struggling students catch up.
Enforce consumer protection laws at for-profit schools
Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway is leading an investigation with 17 other attorneys general into possible consumer protection violations by for-profit schools. Lawsuits are likely, Conway said in an interview last week.
He said default rates are one of the four clues for his investigators.
The other three are student complaints, inadequate educational accreditation and deceptive marketing tactics. His office is studying the records of seven for-profit schools in Kentucky. High default rates can be a sign that a
school produces unemployable graduates, Conway said. "If you see a school that promises its students 95 percent job placement but it's got a 25 percent loan default rate, then you've obviously got a problem," Conway said."
Source: Lexington Herald-Leader on 2015 Kentucky gubernatorial race
Jul 17, 2011
Alternative programs to reduce school dropout rate
It's incomprehensible that some Kentucky leaders passively watch while so many of our youth walk away from school with no plan for their future. The Graduation Bill will change that. House Bill 225 phases in the new requirement to give schools time
to implement it. And it answers concerns about unmotivated students by creating alternative programs. Some students simply don't learn as well in traditional settings.
Source: 2011 Kentucky State of the State Address
Feb 1, 2011
High national rankings shows that education is good in KY
The Prichard Committee's report, showing our state among the nation's leaders in 4th and 8th grade reading, is cause for celebration. Not only are we seeing significant improvements in reading skills, but we're also on track to break into the nation's
Top 20 in 4th grade math, AP college credit, and pursuit of higher education within the next decade.
Source: 2010 Kentucky gubernatorial press release
Nov 9, 2010
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