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Forty current or retired educators are running to become state lawmakers this year as leaders of the legislature and Gov. Matt Bevin consider cuts to public education and an overhaul of the state’s pension systems.

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Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposal for how Kentucky should spend public money over the next two years would eliminate the state’s share of funding for health insurance used by retired teachers.

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Education leaders across Kentucky are joining Monday to present a new pension reform plan as an alternative to Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed bill.

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Governor Matt Bevin and state GOP leaders recently unveiled a proposal to overhaul the state's beleaguered pension systems. But what does it mean for teachers and other state workers? How will this plan affect people who aren't in the pension systems? Many agree something needs to be done about the state's pension crisis. So, if not this plan, then what could work as an alternative?

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A nationally recognized educator is advocating for more teacher freedom in their classrooms. Ron Clark is a featured speaker at the annual College and Career Readiness Summit at Murray State University this week. He spoke at a press conference before addressing a packed room in Lovett Auditorium Wednesday morning. He said teachers are often “shackled” when it comes do doing their job. 

We all experience stress at work, no matter the job. But for teachers, the work seems to be getting harder and the stress harder to shake.

A new report out this month pulls together some stark numbers on this:

Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame Accepting Nominations

Jun 15, 2016
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Western Kentucky University is accepting nominations for next year’s inductees into the Governor Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame. 

Take a big room in Manhattan with more than 100 people, all of them fired up about education. Add some dramatic lighting and booming PA announcements, and you've got last week's New York Times Schools for Tomorrow conference. And everybody there, from university presidents to ed tech startups, was talking about how higher education is changing.

Here are some of the themes and ideas that stole the show.

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With classes starting at Murray State University and in schools across the region, it's an exciting time but can also be a time for worry. Test anxiety is relatively common, says Dr. Michael Bordieri of the MSU Department of Psychology, affecting about 20% of students from elementary age to medical students. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Dr. Bordieri on strategies for dealing with test anxiety.

Part of our ongoing series of conversations with thinkers and activists on education issues

In a year in which we're exploring great teaching, it's a good time to talk with Ken Bain. He's a longtime historian, scholar and academic who has studied and explored teaching for decades, most notably in his 2004 book, What the Best College Teachers Do.

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