FRANKFORT -- Two state lawmakers with an extensive background in education are the recipients of the 2011 KIDS First Advocacy Award from the Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA).
Rep. Linda Belcher (D-Shepherdsville) and Sen. Jack Westwood (R-Erlanger) were honored Feb. 23 in Frankfort during the opening session of KSBA’s two-day KIDS First Advocacy Days in Frankfort lobbying conference.
“Sen. Westwood and Rep. Belcher are exactly the kinds of advocates our
schools and students deserve in Frankfort,” said KSBA President Tom
Blankenship, a member of the Lincoln County school board. “They came from the education field, they are devoted to issues revolving around teaching and learning, and they have been active partners with our efforts to advance student achievement through Kentucky’s elementary and secondary education system.”
Belcher is a retired educator, having served as a teacher, principal and district administrator in the Bullitt County system before being elected to the House of Representatives in 2008. Her nomination by Bullitt County Schools Superintendent Keith Davis cites her work to raise Kentucky’s mandatory school attendance age with adequate funding, her co-sponsorship of
the 2009 school reform legislation, Senate Bill 1; and her leadership in seeking training for school employees to recognize signs of student suicide
She currently serves as vice chairman of the House Education Committee.
KSBA annually recognizes the legislative work on behalf of Kentucky schools by a state representative, a state senator, a school board member and a superintendent. The local school leaders will be honored in July.