JCPS http://wfpl.org en Q&A: Superintendent Donna Hargens Discusses The Challenges For the New JCPS School Year http://wfpl.org/post/qa-superintendent-donna-hargens-discusses-challenges-new-jcps-school-year <p>Most Jefferson County Public Schools students return to class Wednesday, marking the third school year under Superintendent Donna Hargens.&nbsp;</p><p>Hargens recently sat down with WFPL to discuss the school district's successes and enduring challenges.</p><p>In our annual education news special, we heard from Hargens and also from students, teachers and principals across JCPS. We looked at the growth in English as a second language students, how JCPS schools attract students, the challenges teachers face and more.</p> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 17:51:15 +0000 Devin Katayama 9972 at http://wfpl.org Q&A: Superintendent Donna Hargens Discusses The Challenges For the New JCPS School Year One of the Issues a Louisville Teacher Faced In the Course of a School Year http://wfpl.org/post/one-issues-louisville-teacher-faced-course-school-year <p>In 2011, Louisville's Westport Middle School was deemed a "<a href="http://archives.wfpl.org/2011/10/19/kentucky-unveils-19-more-low-acheiving-schools-5-from-jcps/">persistently low-achieving</a>" school by the state. As we reported last year, Westport&nbsp;has begun to make gains in student achievement (albeit slowly—it's still ranked in the bottom 10 percent of schools statewide). With those advancements have come gains in&nbsp;<a href="http://wfpl.org/post/first-days-school-building-community-expectations-connections">student behavior and school culture</a>.</p> Sun, 10 Aug 2014 10:53:15 +0000 Devin Katayama 9957 at http://wfpl.org One of the Issues a Louisville Teacher Faced In the Course of a School Year Jefferson County Public Schools Is Putting Resource Police Officers in a Few More Buildings http://wfpl.org/post/jefferson-county-public-schools-putting-resource-police-officers-few-more-buildings <p>More police will be working in schools within the Jefferson County Public School district next year.</p><p>Funds coming from a federal grant will allow the Louisville Metro Police department to send school resource officers to five additional schools when classes resume in the fall, said Stan Mullen, the director of student safety at JCPS.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Jacob Ryan 9762 at http://wfpl.org Jefferson County Public Schools Is Putting Resource Police Officers in a Few More Buildings JCPS 'School of Innovation' Finalists Prepare for July Presentations http://wfpl.org/post/jcps-school-innovation-finalists-prepare-july-presentations <p>Later this month, finalists present their proposals for an innovative community-designed Jefferson County Public school.</p><p>One of the designs is expected to become a new school in Louisville.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 11:05:40 +0000 Devin Katayama 9712 at http://wfpl.org JCPS 'School of Innovation' Finalists Prepare for July Presentations Louisville Male High School Principal Reassigned Amid State, ACT Investigations http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-male-high-school-principal-reassigned-amid-state-act-investigations <p>Louisville Male High School's principal has been reassigned because of an investigation into the school's administration of the ACT test, school district officials said Monday.</p><p>Male Principal David Mike began his new role at the&nbsp;JCPS central office on Monday. Last week, Mike received a letter from ACT officials stating he was “no longer authorized to access, administer or oversee the administration of tests for any ACT owned or branded products.”</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 03:48:05 +0000 Jacob Ryan 9627 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Male High School Principal Reassigned Amid State, ACT Investigations Mayor Greg Fischer's Gas Tax Would Cost JCPS http://wfpl.org/post/mayor-greg-fischers-gas-tax-would-cost-jcps <p>Louisville Mayor Greg <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-residents-slam-mayor-s-lge-fee">Fischer’s proposed franchise fee on natural gas </a>could have a significant impact on the Jefferson County Public School system, district officials told WFPL.</p><p>If a fee is approved by the Metro Council at Thursday's meeting, the school district may see an additional cost of nearly $120,000 per year, according to a statement from the district’s chief financial officer, Cordelia Hardin.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 17:52:21 +0000 Jacob Ryan 9501 at http://wfpl.org Mayor Greg Fischer's Gas Tax Would Cost JCPS The (Slow) Progress to Understanding of Transgender Students in Louisville and Beyond http://wfpl.org/post/slow-progress-understanding-transgender-students-louisville-and-beyond <p>Over the years, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender—LGBT—people have fought for equal rights in the courts, city halls, and state capitols.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But perhaps one of the most important places to have this conversation is in schools, where many students first realize who they are.</span></p> Fri, 23 May 2014 10:53:53 +0000 Devin Katayama 9408 at http://wfpl.org The (Slow) Progress to Understanding of Transgender Students in Louisville and Beyond State Audit of Jefferson County Public Schools Resurfaces Many Old Questions http://wfpl.org/post/state-audit-jefferson-county-public-schools-resurfaces-many-old-questions <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The long-awaited state audit of Jefferson County Public Schools didn't give many surprises to the district's leader—in part because many of the issues were known to staff and are longstanding.</span></p><p>In fact, <a href="http://archives.wfpl.org/2011/12/20/jcps-audit-finds-issues-with-central-administration/">some of the same questions were raised</a> in a 2011 audit conducted by Phi Delta Kappa, such as the cost of central administrator salaries.</p><p>Why do the questions endure?</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 19:29:22 +0000 Devin Katayama 9399 at http://wfpl.org State Audit of Jefferson County Public Schools Resurfaces Many Old Questions Kentucky State Audit Calls JCPS Administration 'Bloated.' Here Are Some Takeaways. http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-state-audit-calls-jcps-administration-bloated-here-are-some-takeaways <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jefferson County Public Schools’ management system is &nbsp;“bloated" and the district isn’t providing teachers with enough classroom resources, according to a a state audit released Wednesday morning.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen’s office has completed its year-long report that includes 45 findings and several more recommendations to reform </span>JCPS<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> management and policies, some of which the district has already begun to implement.</span></p> Wed, 21 May 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Devin Katayama 9387 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky State Audit Calls JCPS Administration 'Bloated.' Here Are Some Takeaways. JCPS Board Approves Restaffing of Myers Middle School http://wfpl.org/post/jcps-board-approves-restaffing-myers-middle-school <p>The Jefferson County Board of Education on Monday unanimously approved the&nbsp;restaffing of the faculty at Myers Middle School.</p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 05:27:08 +0000 Jacob Ryan 8692 at http://wfpl.org JCPS Board Approves Restaffing of Myers Middle School