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Kentucky's new education commissioner sounds off on needed improvements

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The state of public education is strong, but there is room for improvement.

That's the assessment from the state's new education commissioner. Stephen Pruitt says Kentucky is no longer at the bottom of national rankings in education. He says the latest report from the publication "Quality Counts" gives Kentucky a 'C,' placing the state in about the middle of the pack.

The state ranks high in graduation rates, but low in areas such as per-pupil spending -- and the achievement gap is still too high.

So what's the bottom line for parents?

"As a state our public education system is strong, but we need them to help us make it stronger," Pruitt said. "Our parents -- they are our customers. Obviously our kids are our customers, but they have a right to help us make our schools better."

Pruitt made specific comments about school standards, assessment testing and charter schools.

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