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Susan Weston
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Kentucky Revenue for Schools, Four Ways
| Susan Perkins Weston | Here are four quick ways to benchmark the revenue Kentucky puts into elementary and secondary education. 1. Kentucky State and Local School Revenue Compared To U.S. Average Over the last 12 years, Kentucky has consistently funded sc...

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New Accountability: SB 1 Amended in Committee
On Thursday, Senate Bill 1, sponsored by Senator Mike Wilson was approved by the Senate Education Committee with amendments in a committee substitute. On Friday, the bill passed the full Senate. House Committee consideration will be the next step. Along wi...

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Eight Charter Questions: Rep. Carney's HB 520
| Susan Perkins Weston | Representative John Carney, chair of the House Education Committee, filed a new charter school bill on Friday. Using the eight questions from the Prichard Committee's Informational Guide , here's a summary of his legislation. A two-...

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Angel Hair Pasta with Gruyere and Parmesan
Ingredients:   1 1/2 cups milk (ideally whole or with a bit of cream added to low fat)    1 or 2 shallots 1/4 pound mushrooms 3 tablespoons butter 2 1/2 tablespoons flour 4 or 5 ounces of gruyere 1 or 2 ounces of parmiagiano Salt, pepper, and nutmeg to tast...

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A Prichard Summary of Senate Bill 1
The Prichard Committee has just released a three-page summary of Senate Bill 1, sponsored by Senator Mike Wilson and a number of his colleagues.  The summary is organized around key issues in the bill including: Standards for what students know and can do A...

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| Susan Perkins Weston | At the start of   the 2017 legislative session, Representative Phil Moffet has filed a bill on charter schools. Using the eight questions from the
Prichard Committee's Informational Guide , here's a summary of his legislation.  A t...

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Students Going Further: A Connecting Note
| Post by Susan Perkins Weston | So far, in this series of posts, I've shared four kinds of thinking behind my confidence that Kentucky students can learn at substantially higher levels than we currently see. My first post for 2017 offered examples of stude...

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Students Going Further: Teachers Should Be Growing Together
| Post by Susan Perkins Weston | Teachers are smart people and schools are dumb institutions. That’s the short version of my biggest new idea of the last five years. The first part is a short way of firmly stating respect for the talent, study, and judgment...

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Students Going Further: Teaching and Learning Refined by Evidence
| Post by Susan Perkins Weston |  Kentucky students can go much further, and the right kinds of responsive support can put that excellence in reach. Gene Wilhoit has called for “a process used by teachers and students during instruction that provides feedba...

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Students Going Further: Tasks and Task Ceilings
| Post by Susan Perkins Weston | Kentucky students can do powerful work given opportunity, but opportunity matters. They can’t learn to apply geometry to major design projects by cranking out answers to thousands of small equations. They can’t learn to eval...
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