Kentucky Department of Education

Conrad Howler

The Kentucky Department of Education and Valvoline Inc., sponsors of the Kentucky Teacher Awards, have opened nominations for the 2021 Kentucky Teacher Awards.

Nominations may be submitted electronically by visiting the 2021 Kentucky Teacher of the Year website at: http://kentuckytoy.com

The deadline for nominations is Feb. 15.

KERA Think

Citing both a national and statewide teacher shortage, Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis announced a new campaign and website to recruit and inspire the next generation of educators.

During the Aug. 7 Kentucky Board of Education meeting, Lewis unveiled the Go Teach KY website and social media accounts. Applications for the Kentucky Academy for Equity in Teaching (KAET) renewable loan forgiveness program also are being accepted as part of the campaign.

Growing teacher shortages will affect Kentucky students

Jul 26, 2019
Amy Wallot, Kentucky Department of Education

Almost 5,000 open positions have been listed on the Kentucky Educator Placement Service this year, and the number of college students pursuing education degrees declined by more than 13 percent over a five-year period.

Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis said students suffer when they do not have access to high-quality, effective teachers.

Teacher shortages are taking a toll on students throughout Kentucky, as critical shortage areas have been identified in a number of subjects and disciplines in all areas of the state.

Kentucky Teacher

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) has released a publication that highlights successful schools and programs throughout Kentucky that promote high school graduation as part of the agency’s Persistence to Graduation initiative.

“Persistence to Graduation” is the result of a collaboration between KDE and the American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF).


Fleming County will hold a 4-H Rally Day August 6th for youngsters interested in competing for prizes in horticulture, arts and crafts and photography and sewing. A co-owner of the Proctorville Flea Market has been sentenced to prison on charges that he sold stolen items there…and an official with the Kentucky Department of Education thinks too many local school districts are neglecting capital projects to cover operational expenses.

School Funding Change Urged

Aug 1, 2013

A top official with the Kentucky Department of Education believes the state legislature should prohibit local school districts from spending capital outlay funds for operations. Hiren Desai is the department’s associate commissioner of administration and support…

"I am concerned about continuing to allow school districts to use capital outlay funds, through the budget bill, for operating funds…there are six districts who have used some capital funds for salary type expenditures, which is a huge concern of mine." - Hiren Desai