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Support for Common Core Academic Standards

Business support for education has always been essential for Kentucky, and employers recognize the critical link between quality schools and a well-prepared workforce. The state is once again at a critical place in its quest for educational excellence with the adoption of new, tougher standards to move student learning to a higher level.

The Kentucky Chamber Foundation, in partnership with the state Department of Education, is working to raise employer awareness of and support for these new standards and the positive impact they will have on preparing students for success in both college and the workplace.

An Employer Information Kit has been developed as part of that effort, offering communications tools that Kentucky employers can use to let their employees know about the new standards and what they mean for their communities and state. The kit, which includes such items FAQs, a sample newsletter item, an example of an e-mail message and resource information, is available here. To order a hard copy, which includes electronic versions of the communications tools, contact ahiller@kychamber.com.

The Kentucky Chamber Foundation also produced an informational brochure titled Tougher Standards to Prepare Kentucky’s Students for College and Career on the new standards. Both the kit and the brochure are available for download now.

National Toolkit

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation also recently released a video titled, “It’s Time” about the importance of the Common Core State Standards to the success of children, the business community, and the economy. As states across the country implement these college- and career-ready standards, critics of the standards have been very vocal, and in some cases, effective in creating enough pressure on state legislators to roll back implementation. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s video provides a counter to the detractors by setting the record straight on the Common Core.