FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky education officials are accepting nominations for the David Karem Award.

The award recognizes a policymaker, education leader or citizen who has made a positive, statewide impact on public education in the state, the Education Department said in a statement. It is named for former Kentucky Board of Education Chairman David Karem, who also served as a state lawmaker.

To be eligible, nominees must have demonstrated leadership in a way that had a meaningful impact on students, the statement said. Examples include developing, passing or implementing a policy that led to more educational opportunities for students; improving outcomes for students or increasing the capacity to meet the needs of students.

As a state lawmaker, Karem helped pass the Kentucky Education Reform Act and led efforts for the 4% school tax levy by school districts, the statement said.

Nominations are open through March 17.

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