Education commissioner to host town hall meetings; Chamber members urged to attend

On Monday, March 14, Kentucky Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt will begin an 11-stop listening tour across the state to discuss how Kentuckians define school success.

The ideas and suggestions collected at the meetings will be used by the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) to inform the development of a new and more effective accountability system, something Pruitt has listed among his priorities since the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) hired him last fall.

“With the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), we have the opportunity once again to answer the question, ‘How do Kentuckians define school success?’ as we work to design a new education accountability system that will be used as the basis to improve our schools and celebrate their educational progress,” said Pruitt. “It is my goal to collaborate with legislators, educators, students and the public to produce a system that is fair, reliable, valid and easier to understand than what we currently have.”

During the meetings, Pruitt will provide a brief overview of Kentucky’s current accountability model and what will be federally required under the ESSA. Participants will be asked:

  • What do you expect from our schools?
  • What school characteristics are most important?
  • How should we measure school success?
  • How do we ensure all schools are successful?
  • How should we celebrate school success?

Kentucky Chamber President and CEO Dave Adkisson is urging Chamber members to attend these local meetings.

“Education is the top priority of the Kentucky Chamber, and it is crucial that the business community’s voice be heard during these listening sessions,” said Adkisson.

Town Hall Meeting Schedule

Monday, March 14
The Blair Center @ Southside Elementary
728 Ginkgo Drive
Shelbyville, KY

Tuesday, March 22
Campbellsville University – Gheens Recital Hall
210 University Drive
Campbellsville, KY

Tuesday, March 29

Daviess Co. High School Auditorium
4255 New Hartford Road
Owensboro, KY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you cannot attend any of the meetings, you can submit your thoughts at

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