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Sen. Wise and Rep. Carney hold Education Town Hall at CU

Well attended Town Hall meeting with attendees from over five counties addresses teacher retirement, charter schools, and tax reform
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By Dr. John Chowning
Executive assistant to the president of Campbellsville University for government, community and constituent relations

Senator Max Wise and Rep. Bam Carney held an Education Town Hall Meeting Thursday, Dec. 29 at Campbellsville University in the Gheens Recital Hall.

The regional Town Hall Meeting focused solely on education issues that will be coming up in the 2017 legislative session.


It was convened by State Senator Max Wise, who serves as vice chair of the State Senate Education Commission, and Rep. Bam Carney, who will serve as House Education Committee Chair.

Approximately 65 people attended from Campbellsville-Taylor County, Green County, Adair County, Russell County, McCreary County and other locales. Most of those attending were public school teachers and administrators, retired teachers, Campbellsville University staff, representatives of the Kentucky Education Association, and a few citizens who are not involved in education.

Topics discussed included:
•Continuing concerns with the state teacher retirement system and the need for further reforms. Sen. Wise indicated there may be a special legislative session at some point to implement further retirement system reforms and to discuss tax reform.

•Some form of charter school legislation will likely be approved. Both supportive comments and concerns were expressed. Rep. Carney led the discussion on charter schools.
•Senate Bill 1 will be a major topic of discussion both legislators agreed. With passage of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in 2015 that replaced No Child Left Behind, SB1, which is viewed by proponents as the next major education reform effort in KY, becomes a point of departure for the General Assembly to discuss comprehensive educational reform policies. SB1 is likely to be a major point of discussion in the 2017 session, and various groups are preparing for important debate. Both Sen. Wise and Rep. Carney encourage constituents to contact them on these and other things issues of concern.


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Education Town Hall meeting held by state leaders at CU



2016-12-30 - Campbellsville University, Campbellsville, KY - Photo from Dr. John Chowning, executive assistant to the president of Campbellsville University for government, community and constituent relations.
Senator Max Wise, left, and Rep. Bam Carney held an Education Town Hall Meeting Thursday, December 29, 2016, at Campbellsville University. The regional Town Hall Meeting focused solely on education issues that will be coming up in the 2017 legislative session and was convened by Senator Wise, who serves as vice chair of the State Senate Education Commission, and Rep. Carney who will serve as House Education Committee Chair.

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