Contributed by Jeremy C., Teacher, Somerset, KY
Gov. Steve Beshear was awarded the 2011 America’s Greatest Education Governor Award by the National Education Association The annual award recognizes governors the association says have made major, state-level efforts toward improving public schools.
Governor Beshear has shown unwavering support for Kentucky’s students and educators. He championed quality preschool programs — one of the best investments our country can make — as well as raising the dropout age in Kentucky to 18. And in the midst of budget cuts, he fought to preserve resources for K-12 education and the Commonwealth’s students and classrooms.
Beshear has also signed legislation making it easier for higher education students to transfer credits from a community or technical college to any of Kentucky’s four-year universities. Governor Beshear recognizes the tremendous importance of a quality education for not only our children, but the future of Kentucky. Despite repeated budget shortfalls, Gov. Beshear has managed to protect the primary education funding formula from any cuts.
Kentucky moved into the top 20 in the nation in fourth-grade and eighth-grade reading scores; and improved our rankings in the following areas:
-fourth grade math scores,
-the number of young adults with a high school diploma or its equivalent,
-the number of students earning AP college credit in high school,
-the number of high school graduates going on to college and average teacher salary.
Kentucky’s ranking for per-pupil total higher education funding has improved to 12th in the nation and Kentucky’s ranking for the number of young adults with a bachelors degree or greater education is on the rise.
“There is not [a] better friend of public education and educators than Steve Beshear.”, said Sharron Oxendine, President of the Kentucky Education Association.
What is your state of district doing to protect/conserve education budgets for this year and the coming years?