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Representative Frazier & Senator Carpenter Celebrated at Model Laboratory School

Supt. Williamson, Sen. Carpenter, Rep. Frazier, President McFaddin

Representative Deanna Frazier and Senator Jared Carpenter were celebrated as “Champions for Education” by Model Laboratory School at Eastern Kentucky University during a ceremony to celebrate the passage of House Bill 366.

Model needed legislative action when former Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis struck down Model’s funding apparatus in September 2019.  

Representative Deanna Frazier enthusiastically took the initiative as the sponsor of House Bill 366, which ensured that Model will continue providing educational opportunities for K-12 students as well as implementing important hands-on learning experiences for hundreds of teaching students. HB 366 was passed unanimously by the House of Representatives and the Senate; it was signed into law by Governor Beshear on March 27, 2020.

HB 366 states that Model is a university-operated public school under the governance of the Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents. Furthermore, Model is tasked with piloting and testing kindergarten through high school educational pedagogies, practices, programs, assessments, and innovations to further the educational mission of the Commonwealth.

“Early on, Model’s importance and history became very apparent within our community and to the state legislature. The process of crafting, deliberating, advocating, and ultimately passing this legislation was truly a team effort both at the local and state level,” Rep. Frazier said. “As the bill sponsor, I thank Eastern Kentucky University, Madison County Schools, and the families of current and past students who all came together to show the importance of this school for what it has meant not only for now but into the future.”

Senator Jared Carpenter was instrumental in the success of the legislation by carrying it through the Senate and fighting for its passage.

“This legislation ensures Model will continue serving our community and the Commonwealth for years to come,” said Sen. Carpenter. “I especially want to thank Rep. Deanna Frazier for her tireless work to put forward a consensus bill with support from key stakeholders. I also want to thank Madison County Schools for their support and collaboration throughout this process.”

During the small gathering of school administrators and student representatives, EKU President Dr. David McFaddin applauded the efforts of the lawmakers for their work on the bill. “Our mission at the university is to advance education in the Commonwealth, and Model has been part of that mission at EKU since the very beginning,” said Dr. McFaddin. “Model’s place at EKU and the Commonwealth will be to continue furthering important educational research.”

Model Superintendent John Williamson also thanked Rep. Frazier and Sen. Carpenter, saying, “For the first time in Model’s one hundred year history, we have the security of knowing the laboratory school is here to stay– permanently. Thank you, Rep. Frazier and Sen. Carpenter for ensuring that we can serve as a center for advancing education innovation not just in Madison and the surrounding counties but all of Kentucky.”

Model Laboratory School serves approximately 650 students throughout grades K-12 including populations of students in gifted and talented, ESL, students with disabilities, and students who qualify for free and reduced lunch. Model is the only remaining laboratory school in the Commonwealth, which has established it as a school of choice throughout the region. Model High School was ranked a Five Star School by the Kentucky Department of Education in 2019.

Published on October 09, 2020

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