Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

Kentucky's new Commissioner of Education Wayne Lewis noted how he's often asked about his plans for charter schools and the kind of relationship he intends to have with KEA/JCTA. His response was to the point. “Given how much work we have to do with improving student learning and how little progress we have made as of late, it surprises me and disappoints me that so little of our current discussion in public education centers on children’s learning.” Lewis says we must spend more time focusing on "students, student learning, student achievement, and student readiness." Right now, nearly 40% of high school seniors haven't attained college readiness or career readiness benchmarks.  This means they're unprepared for the world. And if we're going to better serve them, serious changes need to be made to the education system.