CAP/KTG Scholarship Lobbying
We knew we still had work after our Powerball Promise campaign, since a line-item veto by the governor prevented all $55 million from being allocated towards CAP and KTG scholarships. In the 2019 legislative session our team advocated to ensure those scholarships continued to be funded. Though it wasn’t a budgetary year, we pushed to continue the policy where excess lottery funds continued to be allocated towards the need-based scholarships.
March for Our Lives KY
In the wake of the Marshall County High School shooting, our team, like the rest of Kentucky, was in conversation about what it meant to feel safe. Some conversations revolved around physical measures, like firearm restrictions, metal detectors, and school resource officers, but we wanted to have another equally important discussion: that about school climate and safety.
After we released Uncovering the Tripwires to Postsecondary Success and completed the Powerball Promise campaign, we knew there was even more work to be done around postsecondary access. We continued what our team had always done best -- listening to students -- and travelled across the state, leading roundtables in counties from Letcher to Campbell.
Uncovering the Tripwires to Postsecondary Success
Over the 2014-2015 school year, the Student Voice Team conducted an investigation into the barriers high school students face in the transition to college and postsecondary education. We interviewed academics, teachers, policymakers, parents, administrators, and of course, students, across the state to get a better picture of the challenges inherent in the college entrance process.
Students in Superintendent Searches
When Fayette County Public Schools began its search for a new Superintendent in 2014, our team realized no student voice was involved. Superintendent screening committees, an important part of the search process, did not permit students to be members.