Business support essential for education reform

Business support for education has always been essential for Kentucky, and employers recognize the critical link between quality schools and a well-prepared workforce. The state is once again at a critical place in its quest for educational excellence with the adoption of new, tougher standards to move student learning to a higher level.

Stu Silberman, executive director of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, again made the case for business support of these standards in a blog post for Education Week. In his post, Silberman mentions the Kentucky Chamber Foundation’s Employer Information Kit.

The kit was developed as part of the effort to raise support, offering communications tools that Kentucky employers can use to let their employees know about the new standards and what they mean for their communities and state. The kit, which includes such items FAQs, a sample newsletter item, an example of an e-mail message and resource information, is available here. To order a hard copy, which includes electronic versions of the communications tools, contact

The Kentucky Chamber Foundation also produced an informational brochure titled New Standards, New Tests and New Scores on the new standards. Both the kit and the brochure are available for download now.

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