Improving Education and Health for Kentucky's Children

By: Matt Barbour Email
By: Matt Barbour Email

Kentucky ranks in the bottom ten states in the nation when it comes to children's education and health- that's the findings of the 2008 Kids Count Data Survey. Members with The Blueprint for Kentucky's Children want new legislation to change that.

Educators say they are constantly working to improve the state's ranking.

The Superintendent of Clay County Schools says he is more than willing to work with the coalition to enact new laws.

“You've got to access a lot of resources wherever you can get them. You've always got to be looking for those resources and how they can impact your children in a positive way,” says Doug Adams, Superintendent of Clay County Schools.

The Blueprint for Kentucky's Children is looking for those resources too. It is a coalition of state leaders and non-profits wanting new laws that will have a positive impact on the state's children.

“All the studies show that if kids don't have a good start in life and they fall behind early on, they have a very difficult time catching up and many never catch up,” says Laura Voss with the United Way of the Bluegrass.

Adams agrees. The coalition says implementing things like mandatory preschool and creating programs tackling school drop out rates will improve the state's ranking.

“There are some things the state could do. But a lot of these issues really involve putting more money in than they're putting in at the present time,” says Adams.

That is why he says he fully supports the coalition's efforts.

“We can't quit trying, we've got to keep on doing that. Because to say we've done all we can is a mission of defeat,” he says.

Adams and others in education say they hope The Blueprint for Kentucky's Children, will be a blueprint for success.

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  • by earwig Location: Prestonsburg on Sep 17, 2008 at 12:16 PM
    A strong support system at home goes a long way to help the education of our children. Healthy food, plenty of sleep, monitoring of homework, parents attending open house and parent conferences and making sure that the students are in school everyday. Most of these things can not be legislated.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 17, 2008 at 07:36 AM
    The start needs to be the "3 R's"...then go on to this tech stuff....there's to many kids graduating or dropping out, that can't even is sad, how are they going to service in this computor age.....
  • by Mary Anna Location: Flatwoods, KY on Sep 17, 2008 at 05:00 AM
    I certainly agree that the school system needs to improve. Many of the schools in KY are caught up in the use of tech items that they forget that children have brains that are waiting to soak up the three "R's". I believe that students should use their brain first and then go to the tech items. As far as drop outs, change the law from dropping out at the age of 16 to the age of 18. This would help. Also, making sure that the teachers are qualified to teach the subjects they teach. Last but not least, have drug testing for all teachers in the school system.
  • by terri Location: east ky on Sep 17, 2008 at 04:28 AM
    proper funding allocated from our elected officials is a good place to start the process.
  • by William Location: seky on Sep 16, 2008 at 04:05 PM
    My Mother used to have nose bleeds in 1970's she was 50 years old no one in our household knew what 120/80 meant,how to take a pulse rate, If we had just known this much my mother just maby would have not been paralyzedlies for 24 years of life after suffering a stroke, she could not walk anymore lost her speech it seem to turn my mother in to a child the last quarter of her life she finally died at 80 years old but the quality of her life was cut so , because we as a family did not know to look for warning signs of high blood pressure, she went to the doctors but in Appalachia we know the story on them fellows half of them don't understand the culture or understand the dialect of mountain people.Yes young children in Ky need to learn in school the basics sos health signs at home take some of the money out the Drs pockets and hospitals and put it in the schools and teachers and elect new Judge Ex that really care about the county court house cleaning would not hurt a few county's


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