Teaching, Learning, and Educational Leadership

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Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

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Book Chapter

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This chapter discusses primary- and secondary- education policy in Kentucky and the political and environmental forces that have led to significant policy changes over the years. The primary emphasis of our policy coverage is, first, an analysis of the political decision making that led to sweeping policy changes called for in the 1989 Kentucky Supreme Court decision in Rose v. Council for Better Education and implemented through the subsequent education- reform legislation, the Kentucky Education Reform Act of 1990 (KERA). Through these actions Kentucky completely overhauled its school finance system and its curricular and assessment processes. The second emphasis of the chapter is on more recent education- reform measures that have significantly altered some policy approaches found in KERA.

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Kentucky Government, Politics, and Public Policy