education reform http://wkms.org en Western Kentucky Legislators Respond to Beshear's State of the Commonwealth Address http://wkms.org/post/western-kentucky-legislators-respond-beshears-state-commonwealth-address <p>Gov. Steve Beshear's State of the Commonwealth address focused on reinvesting in education and tax reform in addition to praising Kentucky's state health exchange, kynect. Below are responses to that address from both Republican and Democratic legislators who responded to calls.</p><p><strong>REPUBLICANS</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.lrc.ky.gov/legislator/h009.htm">Rep</a><a href="http://www.lrc.ky.gov/legislator/h009.htm">. Myron Dossett</a> took issue with Beshear's praise of kynect, saying the state health exchange had added many people to Medicaid rolls that the commonwealth is already struggling to pay. He is also concerned with expanding gambling.</p><p>Dossett was pleased to hear discussion about tax reform, but he wants a straight sales tax that would eliminate the state income tax.</p><p><a href="http://www.lrc.ky.gov/legislator/h004.htm"> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 23:41:16 +0000 Whitney Jones 37892 at http://wkms.org Western Kentucky Legislators Respond to Beshear's State of the Commonwealth Address Prichard Committee Meets in Frankfort For Reform Session http://wkms.org/post/prichard-committee-meets-frankfort-reform-session <p></p><p>The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence continues its series of meetings aimed at improving the quality of Kentucky’s teachers. Wed, 16 Jan 2013 14:38:48 +0000 John Walker & The Associated Press 26836 at http://wkms.org Prichard Committee Meets in Frankfort For Reform Session New Kentucky Standards Reflect Change in Teaching Focus http://wkms.org/post/new-kentucky-standards-reflect-change-teaching-focus <p></p><p><em>This year Kentucky public school students took tests using the state’s new accountability measure for the first time. “College and Career Readiness” are the keywords tied to education reforms brought about by 2009 legislation. The focus is making the students successful, no matter their path in life. In the 2011-2012 school year, students got the first round of tougher math and reading programs, and test scores released in November show how well they did. While school districts’ scores varied, all have benefited from higher standards. &nbsp; </em></p><p> Sun, 30 Dec 2012 16:00:00 +0000 Angela Hatton 26201 at http://wkms.org New Kentucky Standards Reflect Change in Teaching Focus