A nice editorial from H-L on Sunday.
They focus on higher education with attention paid to Beshear and the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, both appropriately.
This editorial barely acknowledges K-12 and fails to mention Jon Draud's call for regional summits to revive grassroots support for education in the state. That's the thing that will ultimately make the biggest difference - when everyone comes together. Governor, Education Cabinet Secretary, Education Commissioner, CPE, state boards, business community, parents, community leaders and journalists; all with one voice to improve Kentucky's schools.
I hope, since Draud's selection was not quite what the Herald-Leader had in mind, that they aren't planning to deny acknowledgment of his positive efforts. They should give the guy a honeymoon - long enough for him to show what he stands for.
Business leaders rejoin battle with alarming data,
Kentucky's business leaders are wading back into the education arena with a bunch of good ideas, including a way to guarantee an affordable college education to any Kentuckian who's willing to work for it.
But all the good ideas will be just words on paper unless there's also a rekindled sense of urgency and accountability about improving education at every level.
Reviving that urgency is one of the biggest challenges facing Steve Beshear when he becomes governor on Tuesday.
It's a good omen that the business community is showing a renewed interest in education after being absent from the debate for a while. ...
...Beshear and lawmakers must also halt what the chamber task force calls "a steady drift away" from strategic budgeting in higher education. This will require re-establishing higher-ed planning bodies.
The link between education and the economy is direct and strong. Kentucky launched education reform from so far behind that it must be extra smart and run extra hard just to stay even.
This from the Herald-Leader.