Belcher appointed to education committees

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 FRANKFORT - State Rep. Linda Belcher, who spent her career in Kentucky’s schools before becoming a legislator in 2009, has been appointed to two key education committees, House Speaker Greg Stumbo announced today.

They are the General Assembly’s Education Assessment and Accountability Review Subcommittee and a new task force known as the Kentucky Leads the Nation Roundtable.  The latter is sponsored by the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative, which is a regional consortium of 14 school districts, including Bullitt County’s, that was established 35 years ago.

"Linda has quickly become one of the General Assembly’s leading advocates for our schools, and these two appointments will only build on that reputation,” House Speaker Stumbo said.  “She will be a great asset for both of these committees.”

“I’m really honored, and look forward to hitting the ground running,” said Belcher, who also serves as vice chair of the House of Representatives’ Education Committee.  “These two groups will have a lot of input in making sure that our schools are not just meeting but exceeding state and federal expectations in the years ahead.”

The Education Assessment and Accountability Review Subcommittee gives legislators the opportunity to work with the Kentucky Board of Education on administrative changes it makes to the state’s system of testing and accountability.  It ultimately helps to decide if the law itself should be updated, as it was in 2009 when the General Assembly enacted the biggest change to school testing since the Kentucky Education Reform Act was approved in 1990.  Rep. Belcher was one of a handful of legislators who wrote the 2009 law.

The Kentucky Leads the Nation Roundtable is bringing together policy leaders, public educators and school advocates to discuss what further changes the state should make in its effort to lead the nation in education.

The meetings are being held as Congress continues debating the latest update of the No Child Left Behind Act, which became law in 2001.

“This group will help the state respond to any federal changes in the classroom and will personally give me further insight on the educational roles played by the local, state and federal governments,” Belcher said.  “At the end of the day, all I am concerned about is doing whatever it takes to give our teachers and students the tools they need to make our schools the envy of the nation.  These two committees will help me in that endeavor.”