Education commissioner plans town hall meetings across state

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Stephen Pruitt
Stephen Pruitt

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – State Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt wants to know how Kentuckians define school success. So he’s planning a series of town hall meetings starting next week to gather comments.

The suggestions will be used by state education officials in developing a new accountability system. Pruitt has listed that as one of his priorities since being hired as education commissioner last fall.

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Pruitt says he wants an accountability system that’s fair, reliable and easier to understand.

The state’s work stems from congressional passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act. That law shifts much of the oversight and responsibility for schools from the federal government to the states. That includes how accountability is determined and how to define and improve low-performing schools.

The first town hall meeting is set for March 14 in Shelbyville.

The full listing of Town Hall Meeting dates, locations and times follows, with all meetings running from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. local time

Monday, March 14 – Shelbyville
The Blair Center @ Southside Elementary
728 Ginkgo Drive
Tuesday, March 22 – Campbellsville
Campbellsville University – Gheens Recital Hall
210 University Drive

Tuesday, March 29 – Owensboro
Daviess Co. High School Auditorium
4255 New Hartford Road

Thursday, March 31 – Hazard
Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative
412 Roy Campbell Drive

Thursday, April 7 – Lexington
Kentucky High School Athletic Association
2280 Executive Drive

Monday, April 11 – Corbin
Southeast/Southcentral Educational Cooperative – Corbin Center
222 Corbin Center Drive

Monday, April 18 – Ashland
Kentucky Educational Development Corporation – Ashland Conference Center
904 Rose Road

Thursday, April 21 – Louisville
Seneca High School Magnet Career Academy – Stickler Theatre
3510 Goldsmith Lane

Monday, April 25 – Northern Kentucky
Northern Kentucky University
James C. and Rachel M. Votruba Student Union – Ballroom
Kenton Drive

Wednesday, April 27 – Bowling Green
GRREC Offices and Training Center
230 Technology Way

Thursday, April 28 – Murray
Murray Middle School Auditorium
801 Main Street

Additionally, those who are unable to attend the meetings, will still have the opportunity to submit their suggestions and comments at: KyEdListens@education.ky.gov.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.