Watch: Gov. Beshear, other state leaders announce new education initiative

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Published: Dec. 3, 2020 at 12:55 PM EST
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - Gov. Andy Beshear and other state leaders held a news conference Thursday afternoon to launch a new initiative involving the state’s education system.

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Gov. Beshear, Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman, Dr. Jason Glass, commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Education and Dr. Aaron Thompson, president of the Council on Postsecondary Education were on hand for the event.

The Commonwealth Education Continuum initiative is designed to assist students as they transition through the state’s public education system.

The CEC is a partnership between the Council on Postsecondary Education, the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet and the Kentucky Department of Education.

“This is an education first administration, and building a better Kentucky starts with our public education system,” Gov. Beshear said. “This continuum ensures that we’re taking advantage of every opportunity that helps our students and teachers.”

“Today’s announcement is another step toward ensuring every Kentuckian has the tools they need to succeed from cradle to career. The collaboration between these shareholders and leaders will help us work together to build a better Kentucky for everyone,” said Lt. Gov. Coleman.

“Our educators must be able to teach with cultural awareness of student needs and learning styles,” said Commissioner Glass. “That means we need a more diverse teaching workforce.”

“We must ensure these opportunities are available to all students,” President Thompson said, adding that it includes “more and better information about how to plan and pay for college.”

The continuum is co-chaired by Lt. Gov. Coleman, President Thompson and Commissioner Glass and will ultimately consist of 27 members with expertise at all levels of education.

The initiative is expected to focus on the need to increase and improve the quality and competencies of a diverse teaching workforce as well as to increase student and parent access to opportunities for students to achieve the necessary degrees.

The Commonwealth Education Continuum is expected to hold its first meeting in January 2021.

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