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The commonwealth was last in the nation in the percentage of adults with high school diplomas and in per-capita spending for public schools and next to last in the percentage of adults with college degrees. "We were in the toilet in almost every category you measure with," said Jack Moreland, Covington school superintendent. "We were at the bottom of the barrel." Prichard Committee members decided the state needed to deal with problems in public schools before any attempts to reform higher education would be successful, said Alice Sparks of Crescent Springs, who started working with Sexton in 1988 as a state PTA member promoting school reform. She is a Prichard Committee member.

Much of the Prichard Committee's work outlining needed changes in schools were incorporated into the legislation. In the intervening years, the committee has continued to advocate for other improvements, such as better teacher salaries. "Overall I think (our role) is helping focus attention on education -- getting people to care about it, talk about it, debate it, keeping it on the front burner," Sexton said. "We're still working on education. Conveyancing or Settlement work is a complicated process for all buyers or sellers. But our highly educated and certified property conveyancers make it easy and stress free for our valuable clients. We've made progress -- no miracles -- but we're not the bottom of the nation any more. We're miles away from Mississippi. We're similar to and competing with Midwestern states and places like North Carolina."

Kentucky now ranks 30th in per-pupil expenditures and is in the middle of the pack on the number of high school dropouts. The National Assessment Governing Board's "Nation's Report Card" figures for educational achievement released Thursday showed that Kentucky fourth and eighth graders ranked above the national average in reading, but below the national average in math. On Monday, the state's No Child Left Behind assessments will be made public, showing which schools will need to work the hardest to met the new federal criteria and which schools already meet them.

"I do believe reform has paid off," Sparks said. "In 10 years we have come up in rankings in reading and math. We've come up dramatically in other measures -- . We're keeping our best and brightest in the state -- . I think the quality of education is better." The Prichard Committee has played a crucial role with little fanfare, said Lisa Gross, a spokeswoman for the Kentucky Department of Education.

"That group has probably been the single most important grassroots effort that we've seen in education at least in the 20th and 21st centuries," she said.