There should be four goals for Kentucky and they should all be education, according to Dr. James Ramsey, president of the University of Louisville and the state's former budget director.
He stressed the importance of education, from early childhood to lifetime learning, to Kentucky's future in his speech to the 2003 All-Academics Team Thursday night at the annual banquet. The event honored 25 students from Frankfort High School, Franklin County High School and Western Hills High Schools and 28 faculty members.
"We need you, the students in this room, to build on the accomplishments of the last few years because you really can make a difference," said Ramsey.
Kentucky is a very poor state, ranking at 92 percent of the national average for per capita personal income after adjustment for cost of living, he said.
"A natural question is why our standard of living in Kentucky has not been at the national average." He cited an undereducated population as the primary reason for this, saying that the state has fewer college graduates than do other states.
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