About the series
In this series hosted by Cynthia Resor, Professor of Social Studies Education at EKU, we’ve been looking into the many challenges faced by teachers, students and administrators of Kentucky public schools in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The series has turned its focus to a serious teacher shortage in Kentucky and the nation, as well as other issues such as the prevalence of cheating apps available to students - some designed to evade plagiarism software used by teachers.
Kentucky has nearly 650,000 children attending pre-school through high schools in 172 school districts. 42,000 teachers and 54,000 administrators and support staff are working in the 1,466 public schools across the state. Added together, 17% of the state’s population, almost 1/5, attend or work for public schools in Kentucky.
Many of the issues facing public schools, teachers, students, and their families are national trends - funding, student performance, issues related to diversity, and school safety. Other issues are unique to Kentucky such as high rates of poverty, lack of internet access and technology in schools and the homes of students, or funding for transportation. Public education sometimes looks different in Kentucky. Then came a pandemic.
PART 1: TEACHING IN A PANDEMIC
July 16, 2020 - Cynthia Resor with Clay County Math teacher Aaron Asher
PART 2: REOPENING SCHOOLS UNDER PANDEMIC CONDITIONS
Part 3: THE STUDENT PERSPECTIVE
Part 4: KENTUCKY'S TEACHER SHORTAGE