Award-Winning Book Features Chapter by EKU Authors

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A book containing a chapter authored by current and former Eastern Kentucky University faculty members has been selected to receive The Thomas D. Clark Foundation Medallion Award.

The award-winning book, “Kentucky Government, Politics and Public Policy,” is the first comprehensive volume on the subject in three decades. One of the book’s chapters, “Education Reform in Kentucky: Just What the Court Ordered,” was authored by Dr. Richard Day, currently an associate professor of educational foundations at Eastern, and Dr. Jo Ann Ewalt, former EKU faculty member and now the director of the Master’s of Public Administration program at the College of Charleston.

“Eastern has produced some of the finest teachers in the history of schooling in Kentucky,” Day said, “so it was no surprise that the state’s leading political scientists turned to EKU for an analysis of education policy in the state. Still, it was very gratifying to work with Dr. Ewalt and produce a chapter that will help clarify for readers the twists and turns of Kentucky politics and the education policies that were the result.”

Day and Ewalt analyze the political decision-making process that led to the complete overhaul of Kentucky’s school finance system and explore more recent reform measures that altered the policy approaches found in the Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA).

Day has been nationally recognized by the Education Law Association for his research on Kentucky’s landmark school funding case, Rose vs. Council for Better Education, and has written extensively on the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, and the state’s various efforts to implement KERA (1990) and Senate Bill 1 (2009).

The book, edited by James C. Clinger and Michael W. Hail, also includes contributions from some of the Commonwealth’s most respected political scientists and public policy scholars.

The Clark Medallion, named for the noted Kentucky educator, author, activist and historian laureate, is awarded annually to one University Press of Kentucky publication. It will be presented in a ceremony on Feb. 27, at 4 p.m. at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History. Former Gov. Martha Layne Collins will speak.

Published on February 17, 2014