Education Cabinet
Kentucky Education Agencies To Receive $750,000 in Grants

Press Release Date:  Friday, November 18, 2005  
Contact Information:  Stan Lampe (502) 564-6606 ext 420

Kentucky Education Cabinet Secretary Virginia G. Fox, along with representatives of the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) and the Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE), announced that Kentucky will receive a $750,000 one-year grant to improve high school graduation and college readiness rates. 

The funding is the second phase of the National Governors Association (NGA) Center’s Honor States Grant Program. This phase of funding totaled $5.2 million, and is designed to help states implement targeted high school reform initiatives. 

Twenty-nine states submitted detailed proposals. Of that total, 17 states were awarded 27 grants ranging from $50,000 to $500,000 each.  Kentucky’s three grants included $500,000 for expanding advanced placement course participation, $100,000 to increase virtual learning, and $150,000 to develop a statewide longitudinal K-16 data system.  Only Nevada, receiving $850,000, exceeded Kentucky.

Two Kentucky school districts, Fayette County and Pike County, will partner with the Department of Education in these grants. The two will receive funding and other resources to help improve graduation rates and successful transitions to college and work.

“This is a good day for Kentucky and a great day for Kentucky’s high school students,” said Secretary Fox. “Our collaborative structure in the Education Cabinet is not only working, it’s winning national attention again. I am simply delighted by the effort put forth by KDE and CPE in this joint effort. It goes without saying that I believe the judges made a wise decision. We are grateful to NGA for their support and confidence in Kentucky.”

“The NGA grants continue our momentum toward the goal of increasing high school student participation in Advanced Placement courses, and the Kentucky Board of Education's interest in increasing academic skills through online virtual learning situations,” said Kentucky Education Commissioner Gene Wilhoit. “Reliable research demonstrates that these two activities can significantly increase our ability to better prepare high school students for postsecondary study. Without rapid and substantial redesign, America’s high schools will be relegated to preparing our students for careers that no longer exist.”

“Literally thousands of Kentucky students, both young and adult, will be positively affected by the development of a cutting-edge data system that tracks a student’s academic progress from kindergarten through college,” said President Thomas D. Layzell, CPE. “Our goal is to develop a more seamless transition between high school and postsecondary, so that Kentucky citizens might have educational attainment comparable to the national average.”    

Phase Two of the NGA’s Honor Grant States Program was made possible through the support of seven national foundations. 

"BellSouth understands that we must invest in education today to make sure our students are prepared for the careers of tomorrow, said Eddy Roberts, President of BellSouth's Kentucky operations. "The BellSouth Foundation looks for partnerships with organizations that focus on sustainable education reform, and we are very pleased to be part of Kentucky's nationally recognized initiatives. Virtual learning can better prepare students for college and the workplace by expanding their access to a broader curriculum and quality online instruction."

The BellSouth Foundation promotes educational improvement and reform in the Southeast region served by BellSouth.  A key focus is the integration of technology in education. The Foundation believes that technology helps students enhance their skills to succeed in an increasingly competitive marketplace and makes learning relevant to the world beyond the classroom.

A committee independent of NGA selected the 17 grantee states, that will develop and implement state strategies to help more young people graduate from high school prepared for college and work success. In addition to Kentucky, the committee awarded grants to: Alabama, Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Maine, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Wyoming.  

The Kentucky Education Cabinet coordinates learning programs from P-16, and manages and supports training and employment functions in the Department for Workforce Investment. For more information about our programs, visit or, or call (502) 564-6606.