Education commissioner plans town hall meetings across state

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – State Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt wants to know how Kentuckians define school success. So he’s planning a series of town hall meetings starting next week to gather comments.

The suggestions will be used by state education officials in developing a new accountability system. Pruitt has listed that as one of his priorities since being hired as education commissioner last fall.

Pruitt says he wants an accountability system that’s fair, reliable and easier to understand.

The state’s work stems from congressional passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act. That law shifts much of the oversight and responsibility for schools from the federal government to the states. That includes how accountability is determined and how to define and improve low-performing schools.

The first town hall meeting is set for March 14 in Shelbyville.