As a retired teacher who taught at Frankfort High School and as a former chairman of the House Education Committee, I know first-hand how important it is that our public schools have the resources and support they need and deserve. In the nearly 16 years I have served in the General Assembly, I have been a tireless advocate for our students, educators, and school staff, making sure their voice is heard and acted upon. That includes opposing the creation – and funding – of charter schools, which I think are wrong for Kentucky.
I am deeply proud of the progress our schools have made over the past quarter-century. National publications like Education Week regularly rank us among the top third of states academically, but there is still much work to be done. We need to take further steps to close persistent achievement gaps and to increase access to preschool and all-day kindergarten. We also need to strive for having ALL high school students be college and career ready when they graduate. And we need to make college education more affordable.
Everything we want the commonwealth to achieve in the years ahead begins with our schools. If our students are successful, then we are all successful.