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12:52 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Listen: In Louisville, Education Instigator Diane Ravitch Shares Concerns About School Reforms

Education historian Diane Ravitch is the recipient of the 2014 Grawemeyer Award for Education.

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, didn't always feel this way.

“It’s very difficult once you become embedded in a point of view to step back from it," Ravitch said Wednesday. "And I found that to be true because all your social networks tend to agree with you."

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2:14 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Indiana's Proposed New Education Standards Available for Review

The final draft of Indiana's proposed new education standards is now available online for public viewing.

The Indiana Department of Education has released the proposed guidelines for what students should learn in each grade.          

A panel including Gov. Mike Pence, education officials, business leaders and teachers is set to vote Monday on whether to endorse the new math and English benchmarks.

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7:45 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Kentucky Senate OKs Bill Stripping Governor of Power to Implement Regulations

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FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Senate has passed a bill that would amend the state constitution and remove the governor's ability to implement regulations.

Senate Republican Floor Leader Damon Thayer says the legislature should be able to review regulations like the Affordable Care Act and Common Core school standards—both implemented by Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear through regulatory means.

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7:19 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

State of the Commonwealth: Beshear Says Kentucky's Momentum in Jeopardy

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FRANKFORT — Gov. Steve Beshear's seventh State of the Commonwealth address was at a once a plea for reinvestments in education, a nebulous call for tax reform and a self-congratulatory pat on the back for Kentucky's deft implementation of the federal healthcare law.

Speaking to lawmakers on the first day of the 2014 legislative session, Beshear took pride in what he described as six years of progress in changing perceptions about the state on a national level.

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10:00 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Education Grawemeyer Winner Diane Ravitch: 'There’s a Tsunami of Change, Not All of It’s Good'

Diane Ravitch is the 2014 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award winner in education.

If you’re into education and you've heard the name Diane Ravitch you may either shudder or nod approvingly.

Ravitch was once a strong supporter of standardized testing and charter schools, but has more recently become a leading voice against many trendy reforms that are now ingrained in U.S. public education.

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3:02 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Louisville Archdiocese Doesn't Blink as Catholic Scholars Denounce Common Core School Standards


Louisville's Catholic schools will continue implementing elements of the Common Core education standards despite pushback from a group of Catholic scholars.

The Common Core standards change what students learn in English and math and have been adopted by 45 states—Kentucky being the first.

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8:26 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Kentucky Leads Charge in Next Generation Science Standards, Despite Challenges

Kentucky is among several states preparing to introduce new science standards in public schools and, like many of the others, the state has seen opposition to the standards from a vocal minority.

But the debate has been a bit more heated here and some have even called the state's adoption of the standards the most contentious in the country.

“Everybody is watching what everybody else is doing,” says Josh Rosenau, policy director at the National Center for Science Education.

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5:17 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Indiana Governor Defends Halting 'Common Core,' Kentucky Governor Talks Charter Schools

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The Common Core standards and charter schools were discussed Monday when Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence appeared on a panel in New York City on public education at the state level.

The panel is part of NBC's 2013 Education Nation Summit

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8:58 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Reminder: Kentucky Set To Release Test Scores On Friday


The Kentucky Department of Education will release individual district and school accountability test results this week, including test scores, graduation rates and how many students are college and career ready.

WFPL will have coverage of the test results starting Friday morning on air at 89.3 and online here at

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