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By Roger S. Pankratz, Joseph M. Petrosko

Now educators, tuition board individuals, and policymakers can seek advice from a unmarried quantity for key classes from the nation's so much finished and longest-running institution reform version. Written by means of a nationally well known staff of educators, researchers, and coverage analysts, All teenagers Can Learnpresents vital study findings from the Kentucky reforms, examines significant application parts, and analyzes projects that labored or did not paintings. through the publication, the authors discover the demanding situations of imposing statewide institution switch tasks, supply sound recommendation for overcoming reform hurdles, and percentage useful techniques for destiny coverage and perform. Reform-minded educators from all sorts of group will locate beneficial insights as they consider related adjustments.

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In his opinion Stephens endorsed the trial court’s ruling, saying, “It is crystal clear that the General Assembly has fallen short of its duty to enact legislation to provide an efficient system of common schools” (Rose v. Council, 1989). Furthermore, the court ordered the General Assembly to create a new system of public education by the close of the 1990 legislative session. Bert Combs, chief counsel for the plaintiffs, told an audience, “My clients asked for a thimble full and instead they got a bucket full” (Dove, 1991, p.

211; Loftus, 1989, p. A3). On November 20, 1985, the legal team filed a complaint, Council for Better Education, Inc. v. Collins, in Franklin Circuit Court. The plaintiffs were the Council for Better Education, seven local school boards, and twenty-two public school students, suing on behalf of themselves and the class of all students in poor districts. The named defendants were the governor, the superintendent of public instruction, the state treasurer, the president pro tempore of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and members of the State Board for Elementary and Secondary Education.

The case did not come to trial for almost two years. During this time, with the help of the media, public sentiment in favor of doing something about Kentucky’s system of public education grew. On August 4, 1987, the case was finally heard by Judge Ray Corns, one of two judges in Franklin County Circuit Court, located in the state capital. The brief and civilized trial included Combs’s eloquent descriptions of a school system that had deprived poor children of their right to a proper education.

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