Education Funding: The Senate Version

On March 13, the Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee reported out its version of the state budget for the next two fiscal years. The House and Senate are expected to move quickly into conference committee meetings to hammer out a shared final spending plan. Here's a rapid look at how…

New Groundswell Community Education Profiles Spur Local Action

2024 Groundswell Community Education Profiles Spur Local Action At the Prichard Committee, we believe improving education and economic outcomes statewide can only happen with deep community involvement. Our Groundswell Initiative is a framework for hyper-local engagement that champions collaborative leadership between families, schools, and members of the community. People stand…

Great New Data on High School, College, and Beyond

The Kentucky Center for Statistics (KyStats) is offering a new way to understand high school graduates moving into adulthood, higher education, and careers. Check out 2022 Life Outcomes for 2015 Kentucky Public High School Graduates, showing postsecondary attainment and median incomes for each attainment level. It's powerful data with powerful…

SEEK In the House Budget: An Explainer

For Kentucky K-12 education, one question comes first when analyzing state budget proposals: How will the plan affect Kentucky’s biggest funding program, known as SEEK (short for Support Education Excellence in Kentucky)? On February 1, the House approved a committee substitute version of House Bill 6, and this explainer takes…

COLLEGES HELP FUTURE TEACHERS BUILD FAMILY OUTREACH

RICHMOND, Ky. — In a course about teaching elementary social studies, a room of mostly juniors at Eastern Kentucky University discusses how to make sure children understand basics like civics, rights, laws, and personal responsibilities. Throughout their teacher education program, students cover academic content, classroom management, education systems, teaching methods,…

The House Budget and the Big Bold Ask

The House of Representatives has released House Bill 6, its initial budget proposal for the next two fiscal years. Here, I’ll summarize the major education elements, including action on the Big Bold Ask and some continuing questions about how the limited step up for child care will work for children…

The Governor’s Budget Proposals for Education

Governor Beshear offered his budget recommendations for the next two fiscal years last night, addressing the commonwealth in a recorded address and releasing a draft budget bill for public consideration. Here, I’ll summarize his proposals, including important steps forward on the Big Bold Ask and some continuing questions about how…

High School to Degree: Pipeline Approximations

Postsecondary learning is increasingly important to economic prosperity, both for individual Kentuckians and for the commonwealth as a whole. Are young residents moving toward the degrees and other credentials that can set them up for that success? Here, I’ll offer an approximate look at the “pipeline” from starting high school…