Interview with Lois Combs Weinberg, June 20, 2000

Project: Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence Oral History Project

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Lois Combs Weinberg tells about her background as the daughter of Bert Combs, an Eastern Kentucky lawyer and judge who also served as governor. She discusses her education and early career in community activism. Weinberg talks about the early organization and composition of the Prichard Committee. She discusses how she came to be involved in the education system locally with Head Start, and then on the committee. Weinberg describes the first meeting of the Prichard Committee and the issues the committee considered. She talks about the practical value of good public education. Weinberg talks about the functional dynamics within the committee. She discusses the role of women within the committee. Weinberg discusses the transition of the committee from a government appointed research organization to an independent non-profit advocacy group. Weinberg discusses the challenges of mustering popular support for educational reform within the state. She discusses how educational reform included a host of issues not directly related to pedagogy, but also included facilities, and material support. She says the committee's persistent advocacy for educational issues is its greatest accomplishment. Weinberg talks about some of the more persistent issues addressed by the committee that remain ongoing such as teacher quality and teacher education. She discusses the leadership of the committee by Dorothy Ridings after the death of Ed Prichard. She also discusses her own term as chair and the support she and other chairs received from Bob Sexton.

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2001oh044_pcae002

Interviewee Name

Lois Combs Weinberg

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Catherine Fosl

Interview Date

2000-06-20

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Weinberg, Lois Combs Interview by Catherine Fosl. 20 Jun. 2000. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Weinberg, L.C. (2000, June 20). Interview by C. Fosl. Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Weinberg, Lois Combs, interview by Catherine Fosl. June 20, 2000, Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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