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Guest Columns

  • Despite educational gains, room remains for improvement

    When taking the long view, Kentucky has covered quite a bit of ground since we overhauled elementary and secondary education in 1990.
    Several years ago, for example, a study out of Harvard University found that only seven states saw their schools make greater progress during the previous two decades. Education Week’s most recent Quality Counts study, meanwhile, ranks Kentucky 16th when focused just on academic achievement.

  • Report card reviewed for Trimble Public Schools

    The 2016-17 school year is a transition period away from the Unbridled Learning Accountability Model to a new accountability, model. The new model is expected to be in to be in effect in the 20117-18 school year.

    Schools, District and State did NOT receive:
    An overall score (combining Learners and PR-
    (Program review)
    Component scores (Learners and PR individually)
    Classifications of labels
    Schools, District and State DID receive:

  • Beshear: We must not be silent about domestic violence

    The rate of domestic related violence in Kentucky is higher than the national average.
    According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, in the United States, more than 27 percent of women and 11 percent of men have experienced contact sexual violence, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner.
    In Kentucky, more than 37 percent of women and 31 percent of men are affected by this violence in their lifetime. It is a very real possibility that your neighbor, co-worker or extended family member is in danger right now.

  • October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

    Each fall, just a few weeks before Domestic Violence Awareness Month begins in October, many of the nation’s programs that serve those who have been battered or abused take a real-time census of their work over a 24-hour period. By focusing on an otherwise normal day, we can better see the tragic reach of one of society’s most enduring problems.

  • ‘A moment for national mourning and prayer’

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the terrible tragedy that took place last night in Las Vegas, NV:

  • General Assembly seeks ways to curb drug proliferation

    In many ways, it is impossible to calculate the true cost of the drug epidemic that has grown exponentially since the turn of the century.

  • Fall is celebrated with numerous festivals in state

    Fall may technically have begun last Friday, but it could be argued that it really began several weeks ago, when many communities began hosting a wide array of festivals popular during this time of year.
    There certainly is no shortage of themes, with some events centered on such well-known staples as apples, chicken, country ham, bourbon and tobacco.  Other gatherings, however, feature products that may seem obscure to those not from the region.

  • Grace in the storm

    I’ve started this column at least a dozen times today, and there are a dozen wadded up pieces of paper in my trash can.
    How do I even begin to put into words the events of this past week? My heart overflows with awe and gratitude -- and shame that I had doubted the love and kindness of God my Father.
    So, I guess I’ll begin with my confession: In the days leading up to the arrival of Hurricane Irma on Sunday, even though God said, “Fear not,” I feared.

  • Ky. public pension system needs proven reform

    States have a hard time making changes to their public pension systems. That’s because public pensions in nearly all states -- 41, as of 2014 -- are contractual obligations that the courts have ruled must be met.  

  • Harvey unites a divided nation

    By John Shindlebower
    Spencer Magnet

    A relatively small group of hate-filled people protesting and fighting in Charlottesville, Va., earlier this month showed what sharp division can do to a nation.

    Meanwhile, a much larger group of Americans in Texas, of various political backgrounds, skin tones and social status, are banding together this very moment to help each other out in the wake of devastating flooding in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.