Jacob Ryan

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Jacob Ryan is a staff reporter.

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Education
3:42 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Louisville Cardinals Athletics Gets $3-Million Matching Grant For Academic Center

Credit University of Louisville Athletics

University of Louisville athletics will get a financial boost toward completing construction of a student-athlete academic center.

Thorntons, the Louisville-based gas and convenience chain, will provide a $3-million matching grant to the project, according to a university news release. Thorntons will match every dollar donated to the construction of the academic center up to $3 million—with hopes of raising, in total, the $6 million remaining to complete the fund-raising.

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Local News
3:56 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Inaccurate Data Leads Louisville to Revise Neighborhood Health Equity Breakdown

Credit Center for Health Equity

Metro Louisville has revised its 2014 Health Equity Report  to correct information that falsely declared some neighborhoods as having worse health outcomes than they actually did.

The Health Equity Report was initially released in April, but—as The Courier-Journal reported—data misalignments lead to inaccurate findings in categories such as life expectancy and death rates.

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Education
6:58 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Kentucky Education Officials Eye Grant to Expand Early Childhood Learning

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State education officials are looking to expand preschool services to Kentucky families.

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Local News
7:00 am
Sun August 17, 2014

LMPD Racial Profiling Study Nears Completion

Steve Conrad
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 A study commissioned by Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad to examine whether racial profiling is a factor when officers make traffic stops is weeks away from being completed, said a department spokesman.

The study is a joint project between LMPD and University of Louisville researchers.  In 2012, Conrad ordered the study t0 be conducted to demonstrate what he believes is fair police work being conducted in Louisville.

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Local News
11:39 am
Fri August 15, 2014

'We Still Have a Racial Divide in Our Country,' Pastor Says at Ferguson Vigil in Louisville

Credit Jacob Ryan/WFPL

Chad Golden grew up near 41st Street in west Louisville. He said he's not a trouble-maker or criminal, but he's had more than a few run-ins with police. And he says they weren't pleasant.

“Even as kids we are harassed by the police," he said. " So, the best word I can think to describe it is ‘frustrating.’ It’s almost like there is nothing you can really do about it.  You feel almost helpless.”

Golden's message was echoed by others at a silent vigil Thursday evening on the steps of Louisville’s Metro Hall in honor of a young man shot by police in Missouri.

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Education
12:46 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

No Major Issues on the First Day of Jefferson County Public Schools Classes

Students arrive at school on Wednesday.
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

Update 7:45 p.m.:  The last student was dropped off from a Jefferson County Public Schools bus at 6:35 p.m., 20 minutes earlier than the first day of school last year, said Ben Jackey, a school district spokesman. Jackey described Wednesday as a "typical first day."

Earlier: Jefferson County Public Schools superintendent Donna Hargens wakes up earlier than usual on the first day of school.  Today, she was up at 3 a.m.

“It’s exciting,” she said.

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Education
8:04 am
Wed August 13, 2014

With School Choice, How Do Struggling JCPS Schools Attract Students?

Katy Zeitz, Waggener High School's principal since 2011.
Credit Jacob Ryan/WFPL

Gay Adelmann moved to Louisville in summer 2013 with her son, who was preparing to enter his freshman year of high school.  They immediately began looking for schools. That wasn't new to the family—they'd moved around the country several times before.

But Louisville would be different.

"Everywhere we had moved, we would pick out a school then choose a house," she said.

"Here it is a little bit different—you can pick your house then choose a school,which made it a little bit more difficult."

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Education
5:30 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Some Things To Know As JCPS Schools Head Back Into Session

Westport Middle School
Credit Eleanor Hasken/Louisville Public Media

This morning, students will file into schools throughout Louisville for the first day of class in most Jefferson County Public Schools. 

The first day leads to a bulk of questions—logistics, who's who and more. JCPS has some of the information available, but here are answers to some of the lingering questions, big and small. Some very small.

When does school even start?

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Education
11:39 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Jefferson County School Board Votes To End Four Magnet Programs

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The start of school this week at Jefferson County Public Schools will mark the beginning of the end for four district magnet school programs.

On Monday night, the Jefferson County Board of Education unanimously voted to end magnet programs at Jacob Elementary, McFerran Elementary, Rangeland Elementary and Rutherford Elementary.

The recommendation to end these programs comes months after a system-wide review of the district’s magnet programs found that a handful of schools had programs that were not “magnetic enough,” said Bob Rodosky, the district’s chief data officer.

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Education
8:09 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Two Concepts Win the JCPS School of Innovation Competition

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Updated: The Jefferson County Board of Education on Monday unanimously chose two concepts—the Catalpa School and the Louisville Reach Academy—as the winners of the School of Innovation competition.

For Abby Terranova and three other JCPS teachers who formed the Catalpa School concept, the cheers from the roughly 100 people at Monday's meeting were nine months in the making.

“It’s been a longtime dream of all of ours,” she said.

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