About Kentucky School Talk


I’m a public school teacher, so believe me when I say that I’m invested in public education. However, I’m not convinced that all of our students are getting the high-quality education that they deserve.

Across Kentucky, there are thousands of students in danger of falling through the cracks. One in five have experienced poverty at some point in their lives, and many others have been victims of discrimination, apathy, and a lack of opportunities. I believe that public education is the best resource we have in the fight against injustices like these, and that’s why I’m here. 

Founded in 2018, Kentucky School Talk is the Commonwealth’s premier education reader focusing on stories, issues, and opinions on equity across the Bluegrass. We believe in the future of Kentucky’s public schools and their students, and we’re committed to elevating the voices of those who often get lost in the fray. Follow our fight on Facebook and Twitter, and don’t forget to subscribe to see all the latest updates! —Garris

Surprising Things Happen When Schools Have More Minority Teachers

My 7th graders have finally reached that point in the year where I get to…

Teachers Need Emotional Support Too

Increasingly, schools are returning to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs in order to better understand how to support students. As…

Yes, Kentucky Teachers Are Still A Political Force. Here’s How They Can Keep It That Way.

Any true child of the ‘90s should have gleeful memories of the sitcom Kenan and…

Reforming the Teaching Profession

A public school teacher in the United States of America is not a very attractive…

After A Year Like 2018, Teachers Can No Longer Stay Silent About Injustice

After a year like this one, I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting and questioning…

11 Inspiring Stories That Got Us Through 2018

We made it through 2018, perhaps a little bruised but as energized as ever to…

Whoever Decided That Knowledge Doesn’t Matter Deserves A Lump Of Coal In Their Stocking

As someone who usually subscribes to the all-things-in-moderation philosophy, I think there needs to be…

I’m a Teacher Not a Boxer, and I’m Tired of Being Beat Up by My Students

Disclaimer: For most of his career Brett has worked at county-level special education that takes…

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Pension Reform Bill Struck Down By Kentucky Supreme Court

For those following the pension reform debacle in Kentucky, we finally have the verdict: Senate…

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