Carney elected to key position with regional education board

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By Special to the CKNJ


Taylor County educator and state representative Bam Carney has been elected vice chair of the Southern Regional Education Board’s Legislative Advisory Council.

The Southern Regional Education Board is a nonprofit based out of Atlanta that works to improve public education at every level, including by providing state leaders with reliable data and opportunities to collaborate in order to share resources and ideas. Founded in 1948, the board is chaired by Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, who was also recently elected to serve a one-year term.

Education leaders from SREB’s 16-member states, including Kentucky, come together to find ways to improve educational outcomes for all students through effective state policies. Carney, who also serves as chairman of the Education Committee in the Kentucky House of Representatives, was selected by his peers on the legislative advisory council for this role.

“I’m honored by the confidence placed in me by my fellow board members, many of whom have championed new education initiatives in their own states,” said Carney, who has served actively with SREB since 2011. “For as long as I am given the opportunity to serve Taylor and Adair Counties in the General Assembly, I will fight every day to improve the quality of education that our kids are receiving.”

In addition to his time in the classroom and as chair of the House Education Committee, Carney also serves as a member of the House Budget Review Subcommittees on Postsecondary Education and Primary and Secondary Education and Workforce Development. He also serves as co-chairman of the newly-formed School Safety Working Group, along with Senator Max Wise.