Education Commissioner Resigns

Kentucky's Education Commissioner is stepping down.

Jon Draud made the announcement Friday, after just one year on the job.

Since suffering a mild stroke in September, Draud, now 70, has been trying to get back on his feet.

Friday he said the illness has caused him to rethink his priorities.

Draud was selected as the Education Commissioner of Kentucky in November of last year while he was serving as republican state representative.

He has an extensive background in education, first as a teacher, then a principal and later a superintendent.

Kentucky Board of Education chair Joe Brothers accepted Draud's resignation and said he expects to see him advocating for public education in his retirement years.

Governor Steve Beshear issued the following statement Friday morning:

"I want to thank Jon Draud for his distinguished career and longstanding commitment to public service in Kentucky, particularly our children. I also wish to extend to Jon my best wishes for his continued and full recovery. As this transition of leadership occurs, I look forward to working with the Board of Education as a new leader is chosen who will move Kentucky forward in our efforts to create the best educational system in America. I am committed to doing whatever it takes to reach that goal - for our children and for our state's future."

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  • by citizen on Dec 21, 2008 at 11:42 AM
    My thoughts exactly. Get rid of those high paid non-merit folks. There is no sense in these people in the first place. It is all political.
  • by c Location: fkt on Dec 19, 2008 at 01:20 PM
    Good. Perhaps they can used that money for the children now! School Districts across the state are having trouble with their funds, use his salary to give the the ones who actually teach our children! We have too many chiefs & not enough people who actually work with the children to teach them! And the ones we do have don't get paid enough to deal with all those little ones! I have a deep respect for most teachers, there are some bad ones, but there are plenty of good ones who truly love children and want the children to learn! We don't need any more commissioners, directors or their assistances, we DO NEED MORE LOVING TEACHERS!
  • by COMMON SENSE on Dec 19, 2008 at 10:00 AM
    Now get rid of the other high paying non-merit employees so the budget can be balanced. What is the need for a cabinet secretary and a commissioner none. The cabinet secretary is appointed so she/he should be responsible for all areas.


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