education http://wfpl.org en Listen: In Louisville, Education Instigator Diane Ravitch Shares Concerns About School Reforms http://wfpl.org/post/listen-louisville-education-instigator-diane-ravitch-shares-concerns-about-school-reforms <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">She's against high-stakes testing, big business in schools, and doubts charters are the answer to improving public education. But Diane Ravitch, a New York University research professor who has become an influence voice in U.S. education,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">didn't always feel this way.</span></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:52:07 +0000 Devin Katayama 9149 at http://wfpl.org Listen: In Louisville, Education Instigator Diane Ravitch Shares Concerns About School Reforms Many Kentucky School Financial Officers May Lack Skills To Do Their Jobs http://wfpl.org/post/many-kentucky-school-financial-officers-may-lack-skills-do-their-jobs <p>Kentucky doesn't mandate any qualifications&nbsp;for the top financial officers of its 173 school districts—and state officials are concerned that the situation is leading to waste and mismanagement, the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting reports today.</p><p>You can read the<a href="http://kycir.org/2014/04/11/school-finance-officers-across-kentucky-may-lack-skills-for-their-jobs/"> story by Kristina Goetz here.</a></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:43:53 +0000 Staff 9117 at http://wfpl.org Many Kentucky School Financial Officers May Lack Skills To Do Their Jobs Principal of Struggling Myers Middle School Won't Be Back Next Year http://wfpl.org/post/principal-struggling-myers-middle-school-wont-be-back-next-year <p>Following a recommendation from the Kentucky Education Education, Myers Middle School will have a new principal by the 2014-2015 school year.</p><p>The Jefferson County Board of Education had an opportunity to appeal the decision, but will not be taking any action, a district spokesman said.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 19:46:57 +0000 Jacob Ryan 9115 at http://wfpl.org Principal of Struggling Myers Middle School Won't Be Back Next Year Education Instigator Diane Ravitch To Speak At WFPL News http://wfpl.org/post/education-instigator-diane-ravitch-speak-wfpl-news <p></p><p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.0px">Since working with the U.S. Department of Education, historian Diane Ravitch has recanted her support for many of the country’s education reforms, such as standardized testing and charter schools.</span></p><p>Ravitch is a leading national voice on education issues, and next week she'll will join WFPL and an audience in an exclusive interview to discuss the current and future state of public education.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:43:33 +0000 Devin Katayama 9019 at http://wfpl.org Education Instigator Diane Ravitch To Speak At WFPL News JCPS Holds Workshops in Louisville Neighborhoods Where Kindergarten Readiness Scores Were Lower http://wfpl.org/post/jcps-holds-workshops-louisville-neighborhoods-where-kindergarten-readiness-scores-were-lower <p>Earlier this year, Kentucky released results of screeners meant to<a href="/post/graphics-how-ready-classes-were-kindergartners-each-jefferson-county-public-school"> show what percentage of this year's kindergartners entered with the skills needed </a>for school.</p><p>The results showed vast differences in "kindergarten readiness" in children coming from Louisville's many neighborhoods.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 10:53:54 +0000 Jacob Ryan 9091 at http://wfpl.org JCPS Holds Workshops in Louisville Neighborhoods Where Kindergarten Readiness Scores Were Lower June 6 Will Be The Last Day of School for JCPS This Year http://wfpl.org/post/june-6-will-be-last-day-school-jcps-year <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The last day of school for students in Jefferson County Public Schools will be June 6, rather than June 12, following a vote Monday night by the JCPS&nbsp;Board.</p><p>Teachers&nbsp;will work through June 13.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Graduation dates for </span>JCPS<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> seniors will be June 6-9.</span></p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 00:57:10 +0000 Jacob Ryan 9026 at http://wfpl.org June 6 Will Be The Last Day of School for JCPS This Year Debbie Wesslund Won't Run Again for Jefferson County Board of Education http://wfpl.org/post/debbie-wesslund-wont-run-again-jefferson-county-board-education <p>Jefferson County Board of Education member Debbie Wesslund&nbsp;won’t seek re-election this year.</p><p>Wesslund has for eight years represented the board's third&nbsp;district, which <a href="http://www.jefferson.kyschools.us/Board/BoardMap/Board_District_Map.html">covers northeastern Jefferson County.&nbsp;</a></p><p>She says the decision to not run for another term involved a lot of thought. But she adds that she's relieved to make the announcement.</p> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Jacob Ryan 9005 at http://wfpl.org Debbie Wesslund Won't Run Again for Jefferson County Board of Education Kentucky Senate Once Again Tries For Charter Schools http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-senate-once-again-tries-charter-schools <p>A bill that would open the door to charter schools in Kentucky has passed the state Senate, although similar legislation has previously failed to gain traction in the Democratic-led&nbsp;House.</p><p>The measure passed by a 22-14 party line vote—not unlike the vote last year.</p><p>The bill would allow certified teaching staff and parents to petition the principal of a low-achieving school for a vote on whether a privately run charter organization should be in charge of the school.</p><p>State Sen. Mike Wilson, a Bowling Green Republican, sponsored the bill.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:42:50 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8984 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Senate Once Again Tries For Charter Schools Some JCPS Magnet School Programs Should Be Phased Out, Review Says http://wfpl.org/post/some-jcps-magnet-school-programs-should-be-phased-out-review-says <p>Some of Jefferson County Public Schools's magnet schools aren't running like magnet schools, according to a review released this week. &nbsp;</p><p>To address the issue, JCPS needs to define its vision for magnet school—those with specialty programs such as aerospace or&nbsp;performing arts, the review said.</p><p>The magnet school review suggests:</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 10:49:17 +0000 Jacob Ryan 8966 at http://wfpl.org Some JCPS Magnet School Programs Should Be Phased Out, Review Says What's Next in the JCPS School of Innovation Competition? http://wfpl.org/post/whats-next-jcps-school-innovation-competition <p>For the four School of Innovation finalists, the next few months will focus on shaping their concepts into more concrete proposals.</p><p>For Jefferson County Public Schools, the work over the next 17 months or so includes helping those teams develop their plans, looking to the board to make a decision and decide on funding, and then working to get the school open in the 2015-16 academic year.</p><p>To the point: Opening a School of Innovation will mean an allocation of resources amid parallel reviews of facilities and magnet school programs.</p> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Joseph Lord 8849 at http://wfpl.org What's Next in the JCPS School of Innovation Competition?