Well, Kentucky is really eager to prove that it has the "right stuff" when it comes to transforming/re-forming education, not just for the Commonwealth, but as a model for the nation. Recently Secretary Duncan was in town to provide a keynote address at the annual Middle School Convention. He took the time to meet with Jefferson County Public School leadership, community leaders, and others, address leaders at Shawnee about the progress that the Academy@Shawnee has made since being designated as a persistently failing school under AYP as well as the work it has done under turnaround models. Kentucky has strong support from the Secretary and the Dept. of Ed, often being promoted as a State to watch. In fact in the Secretary's comments about "The Future of Reform in Kentucky" he states:
"But it’s no surprise that Kentucky responded to the challenge of Race to the Top. Kentucky has been a leader in education reform for two decades. By collaborating with courage and commitment, Kentucky’s schools have improved dramatically, as has the achievement of Kentucky’s students.