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Kentucky Education Department Seeking Public Comment on High School Graduation Requirements

Kentucky Department of Education

The Kentucky Department of Education is seeking feedback on the state’s new minimum high school graduation requirements. 

Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis will hold four town hall forums this month and next.  The first one is on Monday evening in Shelbyville at the Ohio Valley Education Cooperative. 

The next is October 10 in Hazard at the Kentucky Valley Education Cooperative.  The Green River Educational Cooperative in Bowling Green will host the third public meeting on October 15.  The final town hall will be on October 30 in Christian County at Hopkinsville Community College.  All times are 6:00-7:00 p.m. local time.

Kentucky’s new minimum high school graduation requirements became law in April.  The new standards will require students to show basic competency in reading and math by meeting minimum standards on tests taken in the eighth or 10th grade or by presenting a portfolio of work demonstrating they have met the standard.  Students must also fulfill one of seven "qualifiers" designed to help prepare them for a career or to pursue a degree at a college or university. 

Lisa is a Scottsville native and WKU alum. She has worked in radio as a news reporter and anchor for 18 years. Prior to joining WKU Public Radio, she most recently worked at WHAS in Louisville and WLAC in Nashville. She has received numerous awards from the Associated Press, including Best Reporter in Kentucky. Many of her stories have been heard on NPR.
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