Louisville, KY – Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has appointed a 31 member task force to chart the future of the state's public education system. Beshear held a series of press conferences across the state today to announce the formation of the panel, called Transforming Education in Kentucky, or TEK. The governor says the world has changed dramatically since the Kentucky General Assembly passed sweeping education reforms in 1990.
"Our competitors, which are not just other states, but also other nations, have not only matched our progress, but in some cases have exceeded it."
The task force includes state lawmakers, education officials, mayors, and business leaders. They will tackle issues like improving career and technical education, better use of technology in education, and easing the transition from preschool to kindergarten. The panel will issue a report next year to be considered by the 2011 General Assembly.