Silberman is great choice to lead Prichard group
Although I made a career change in late 2006, I have never really left Kentucky, especially when it comes to my interest in the state's progress and challenges in education.
There have been many proud moments since my tenure as Kentucky's education commissioner: the continuing strong student performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the state's leadership in adopting common academic standards to better prepare students for college and career, and the embrace of Next Generation Learning strategies using technology to enhance learning.
Kentucky is clearly moving in the right direction to build a world-class system of education. It is no secret the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence has played a key role in this progress.
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With its tireless advocacy and clear-eyed focus, it has given voice to the dreams of Kentuckians who understand a quality education is the true pathway to progress.
The committee has been about this work for nearly 30 years, and it is vital it continue to push — hard — for the higher achievement of all students.
That is why news about the committee's new executive director is so welcome and encouraging. Stu Silberman, soon to retire as superintendent of Fayette County Public Schools, is exactly the kind of leader who will make the right things happen.
As the committee's first executive director, Bob Sexton set the highest standard. The consummate advocate, he was an outspoken participant in policy debates, a quiet counselor to me and other state leaders, a respected voice in national education circles and a well-informed source for the media.
Those of us who have known and worked with Silberman have no doubt he is more than up to the task.
His dedication to the students of Kentucky is unmatched, and his energy and creative leadership have produced measurable improvement in student achievement in the school districts he has led.
Executive director Council of Chief State School Officers Washington, D.C.
Best at animal abuse
Every year the Animal Legal Defense Fund ranks all the states in the United States from best to worst for their ability to legally protect animals (or, in the case of the worst, to fail to protect their animals) from abuse.
Congratulations to the state of Kentucky which, for the fourth year in a row, was named the best state to live in if you are an animal abuser.
While this might seem odd for a state that reveres horses so, it's Kentucky's almost non-existent animal protection laws and complete and utter failure to crack down on cock-fighting rings that lead it to this special place.
In the case of the worst five states, most of them don't have any kind of law that makes animal abuse a felony, don't bother to legislate against animal fighting and could not care less if you own an animal even if you were previously convicted of animal abuse.
In short, Kentucky is an unmitigated disaster when it comes to its ability to legally protect animals.
Jack H. Taylor
Kudos to John Shotwell for his Aprill 1 commentary. "Overused profanity litters our culture." He nailed it. And he did so, amazingly, without using a single cuss word.
Asking too much
OMG! On what planet does University of Kentucky professor Richard Levine live?
To suggest that the search committee for a new UK president look for someone who will take the position simply to do a good job, rather than appealing to financial greed has got to be a lunatic idea.
What does he think they're looking for? A social worker, public school teacher or, God forbid, a professor for the university?
If the search committee does not appeal to a candidate's financial greed, how in the world will we ever get essentials for a Top 10 (or is it 20?) university, such as Wildcat Coal Lodge?
Surely, this is some kind of socialist, commie conspiracy. Down with Levine; up with greed.
Lawrence E. Durr