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State Education Commissioner to Testify at US Senate


Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday is scheduled to appear before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) on Thursday, February 7 to testify at a hearing titled “No Child Left Behind: Early Lessons from 
State Flexibility Waivers.”
The hearing will be held in Room 216 of the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington D.C. beginning at 10 a.m.
The commissioner will discuss Kentucky’s experience in applying for and implementing a waiver from certain requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Kentucky was one of the first states granted a waiver by the U.S. Department of Education in February 2012. The waiver cleared the way for the state’s new Unbridled Learning: College/Career-Readiness for All accountability system to be used for both state and federal accountability.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan is scheduled to lead off the testimony, followed by Commissioner Holliday, New York Commissioner of Education Dr. John King, Andrew Smarick of Bellwether Education Partners, and Kati Haycock, president of the Education Trust in Washington D.C. 
The Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions is chaired by Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa); Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee) is the ranking member. Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) serves on the committee.
The hearing is scheduled to be streamed live on the Internet. It can be accessed by going to the committee’s webpage on Thursday morning and selecting “click here for live coverage.” C-SPAN may elect to televise the hearing and will post its schedule Wednesday evening.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Photo: Commissioner Terry Holliday/KDE