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Newly appointed Kentucky Education Commissioner Jason Glass talks about his plans for schools in the state as well as the JCPS audit.

Louisville Courier Journal

FRANKFORT — Jason Glass picked quite a time to return to his home state and begin his new job as Kentucky’s education commissioner.

Overseeing the Bluegrass State’s K-12 public school system — with about 650,000 students and 42,000 teachers — during a pandemic is no small task.

But Glass said Friday he’s prepared and ready to tackle that challenge.

Before beginning his new role, the Brandenburg native and third-generation educator had served as the leader of Jeffco Public Schoolsin the metro Denver area since 2017.

That district, like countless others around the U.S., quickly pivoted to remote learning in the spring at the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, before slowly welcoming back students to in-person learning this month, Glass said.

“It’s been a good