Kentucky Board of Education Members from left to right: Lee Todd, At Large: Lt. Gov.
Jacqueline Coleman, Ex Officio Member; Holly Bloodworth, District 1; Patrice
McCrary, District 2; Allison Slone, Ex Officio Member; Sharon Porter Robinson,
District 4: Alvis Johnson, At Large; Claire
Batt, At Large; Jamie Bowling, District 3; JoAnn Adams, District 6; Lu Young, District 5; Aaron Thompson, Ex Officio Member
As mandated by Kentucky law, the Kentucky Board of Education develops and adopts the regulations that govern Kentucky's 171 public school districts and the actions of the Kentucky Department of Education.
The Kentucky Board of Education Vision
Each and every Kentucky learner will become a productive, engaged citizen, prepared for school, work and a happy life.
Kentucky Board of Education Mission
the future of all Kentuckians by providing leadership, advancing policy and
cultivating community partnerships to ensure every student has equitable access
to high-quality, lifelong learning.
Kentucky Board of Education Goals for 2021-2022
The Kentucky Board of Education is committed to the pursuit of educational equity which is defined as the promotion of access, opportunity and advancement of all individuals, especially those in historically underserved communities, in order to identify and eliminate conditions that prevent the ability of all students to reach their full potential. We pledge to develop authentic partnerships with other Kentucky agencies and education stakeholders in order to strengthen our efforts and maximize impact. To that end, we establish the following goals:
1. Champion the Kentucky Coalition for Advancing Education’s efforts to reimagine learning in Kentucky as we co-create a vision with communities, foster local innovation, and advance policy recommendations aligned with this work.
2. Amplify our voice in support of minority students, their families, and minority educators by not only listening to their concerns and aspirations, but also pledging to leverage those concerns and aspirations to guide our actions. Continue to support and promote the Kentucky Department of Education’s efforts to foster a culture of anti-racism and further equity within our public schools.
3. In cooperation with the Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB), advance policies and regulation reviews that strengthen the future teacher pipeline and increase the qualities and competencies of Kentucky’s educator workforce emphasizing the critical need for increased representation of teachers of color.
4. Promote the creation and implementation of a statewide profile of a learner/graduate, identifying the knowledge, skills and dispositions all Kentucky learners need to become successful citizens. Utilize and strengthen key partnerships, including those with the Commonwealth Education Continuum and the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, to inform this work.
5. Galvanize support of strong, developmentally appropriate early childhood education as a path to equity by taking steps toward fully funded full-day kindergarten and universal public preschool.
Department officials follow board guidelines and the department's strategic plan in the fulfillment of the board's vision and the Kentucky Department of Education's mission to partner with districts, schools, and education shareholders to provide service, support and leadership to ensure success for each and every student.
The Kentucky Board of Education also serves as the board for the Kentucky School for the Blind and Kentucky School for the Deaf, and Department of Education staff also serve as resources for those schools.
2021 Compliance Plan for Nondiscrimination
Title IX Compliance Statement 2020
The Kentucky Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, gender identity, veteran's status, genetic information, or disability in employment or the provision of services.