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Martin Graduate Wins Manuscript Award

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Erin Rachel McNees

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McNees’ paper investigated the question of how well prepared the Commonwealth of Kentucky is to meet the goals of the federal “No Child Left Behind Act.” By closing achievement gaps between groups of students and reaching proficiency in every school in the state. The paper also contains recommendations which would enable the Kentucky Department of Education to reduce achievement gaps and make progress in meeting the national goals for elementary and secondary education.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 3, 2003) -- Erin Rachel McNees, who received a master’s degree in 2003 in public administration from the University of Kentucky Martin School of Public Policy and Public Administration, has won a Pi Alpha Alpha best student manuscript award.

Pi Alpha Alpha is the national honor society for the field of public affairs and public administration. The purpose of the society is to encourage and recognize outstanding scholarship and accomplishment in public affairs and administration.

McNees’ paper investigated the question of how well prepared the Commonwealth of Kentucky is to meet the goals of the federal “No Child Left Behind Act.” By closing achievement gaps between groups of students and reaching proficiency in every school in the state. The paper also contains recommendations which would enable the Kentucky Department of Education to reduce achievement gaps and make progress in meeting the national goals for elementary and secondary education.

McNees, a native of Lexington and a graduate of Lafayette High School in Lexington, earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Kentucky before entering UK’s Martin School. She is currently a program review analyst for the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission in Frankfort.


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