New education commissioner not looking to make drastic changes to public school systems

11/30/2015 10:17 AM

FRANKFORT – New Kentucky Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt is not planning on making any major changes, and wants to talk with as many stakeholders as he can to get a clear picture of the positives and challenges that educators face in the state.

Pruitt has spent his first month on the job meeting with superintendents, legislators, administrators and parents to get a feel for the current state of public education in the commonwealth.

“I think a lot of people are happy with where the graduation rate is and the work that’s gone on around that as well as our college and career readiness indicators,” Pruitt said.

Pruitt acknowledges that one of the biggest challenges appears to be the achievement gap.

“Are we really guaranteeing that students have the same opportunities?” Pruitt asked. “That doesn’t mean that every kid is taught the same. It’s not a one size fits all.”

Pruitt, previously served as senior vice president of Achieve, Inc., an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit education reform organization. Prior to that the Talmo, Georgia native served as chief of staff, associate state superintendent, director of academic standards, and science and mathematics program manager, with the Georgia Department of Education

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at donald.weber@charter.com.

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