Rural Educators form Kentucky Chapter to Strengthen Collaboration during National Meeting in Louisville

Kentucky K-12 educational leaders increased their voice and power of collaboration by establishing a state chapter and joining the National Rural Education Association (NREA) last week in Louisville. For most rural school districts in the nation, collaboration is not a choice, it is a necessity. Collaboration elevates the voice of rural districts and empowers isolated […]

Commissioner Lewis on the state’s new high school graduation requirements

Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis held the second town hall forum in Hazard on Thursday, October 10 seeking public feedback on the state’s new minimum high school graduation requirements. Lewis and Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) staff will hold two other forums and one online forum will be held via webinar and feedback will be […]

Eastern Kentucky can be a loser again in 2020 Census; School Districts are joining effort

The Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) focuses on innovative methods for addressing educational and community-based challenges throughout Eastern Kentucky. Ron Daley a strategic partner lead for KVEC recently published on Kyforward (Kentucky’s Online Newspaper). A story highlighting how Eastern Kentucky stands to be a loser in the 2020 U.S. Census unless successful efforts are made […]

Wolfe County School District Has Economic Importance to County and Region

In addition to providing quality education preparing students for the workforce, the Wolfe County School District is a major economic driver in the community.  The school district directly contributes to the educational attainment and future earnings of its youth. The district is the largest employer in the county with 250 full-time employees and another 25 […]

“Hillbilly Strong” not a “Hillbilly Elegy”

J. D. Vance’s 2016 book “Hillbilly Elegy” about his family’s life in Breathitt County does not reflect the people I have been neighbors with for the past 44 years.  Even though this Yale Law graduate spent his life in Middleton, Ohio with some visits to his family’s hometown in the mountains, his microscopic description of […]

UK Singletary Scholar Taylor Williams is Hopeful to Live in Tiny House Near Campus

Two years ago, 17-year-old Taylor Williams of Hazard, Kentucky had a tough decision.  Should she accept admission and scholarships to Harvard, Yale, Vanderbilt, or accept the Singletary Scholarship and attend the University of Kentucky? Now as a 19-year-old pharmacy student at the University of Kentucky Taylor is deciding on how to downsize her belongings and […]

KVEC Honors Four Proud Mountaineers at the state Capitol Feb 12th

The Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) honored four individuals in a Frankfort Capitol Rotunda ceremony on February 12 for their contributions to the region and state, their support of public education and for their pride of mountain heritage. The honorees presented the awards by Gov. Paul Patton were Jean Hale of Pike County, Dr. Van Breeding of Letcher County, Kentucky […]

Ron’s Tattoo Adventure in Whitesburg

You are never too old to get a tattoo. Early last month the thought jumped into my mind to get a tattoo honoring my parents who have passed. I was born in North Dakota above the Theodore Roosevelt National Park where the buffalo roam in the Badlands near where my parents lived. Each summer we […]

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Knott School District Has Economic Importance to County and Region

In addition to providing quality education preparing students for the workforce, the Knott County School District is a major economic driver in the community.  The school district directly contributes to the educational attainment and future earnings of its youth. The district is the largest employer in the county with 387 employees and a payroll of […]

Owsley County School District Has Economic Importance to County and Region

In addition to providing quality education preparing students for the workforce, the Owsley County School District is a major economic driver in the community.  The school district directly contributes to the educational attainment and future earnings of its youth. The district is the largest employer in the county with 190 employees and a payroll of […]