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Attitudes About Public Schools Discussed

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Lowell C. Rose

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Lowell C. Rose, director of the 35th annual Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll of attitudes toward public schools will discuss the findings and then leaders in education from UK, state government, and Fayette County will respond to the results of the poll.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 10, 2003) -- Americans know very little about the recently enacted “No Child Left Behind” federal legislation for education reform, according to a recent poll. This lack of public knowledge and other attitudes about education will be discussed by Kentucky education leaders at a public forum at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, in the University of Kentucky William T. Young Library auditorium.

Lowell C. Rose, director of the 35th annual Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll of attitudes toward public schools will discuss the findings and then leaders in education from UK, state government, and Fayette County will respond to the results of the poll.

Despite the fact the public knows little about the “No Child Left Behind” legislation, a significant number of people responding to the poll said they believe that the federal program for education reform promoted by the Bush Administration will not succeed in improving public education in the United States.

The public forum at UK is part of the 75th anniversary celebration of UK’s chapter of Phi Delta Kappa.

Panelists include Gene Wilhoit, Kentucky Commissioner of Education; James G. Cibulka, dean of the UK College of Education; Susan Leib, executive director of the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board; Kenneth James, Superintendent of Fayette County Schools; and Carolyn Witt Jones, executive director of the Partnership for Kentucky Schools.

The forum is free and open to the public. The results of the Gallup Poll on attitudes about public schools may be read at this Web site.


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