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Kentucky Education Reform Act
The Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA) was passed by the state legislature as a remedy following the Kentucky Supreme Court decision in Rose v. Council for Better Education, Inc . that in 1989 declared the state's system of public education to be ineffective, inefficient, and inadequate. KERA was the blueprint for a comprehensive overhaul of the state's education system, including curriculum and assessment, school governance, finance, and accountability. The act's implementation became a national model of a comprehensive standards-based education system. Michael Rebell wrote in 2002 that the Rose decision was the starting point for meaningful dialogue on reform. The plaintiff in the court case was the Council for Better Education, a nonprofit corporation of 66 Kentucky school districts, 7 local school boards, and 22 public school students. The council sought a ruling from the Court requiring the state general assembly to increase the funding for public schools and provide ...