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4:05 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Kentucky Education Commissioner Recognized By National School Boards Group

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Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday is the 2014 Policy Leader of the Year by the National Association of State Boards of Education.

The association announced the award on Tuesday. The annual award recognizes a national or state policymaker in recognition ofcontributions to education.

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9:45 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Indiana Submits Waiver For Federal 'No Child Left Behind' Education Requirements

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The Indiana Department of Education has submitted its request for a new waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind requirements.

At stake is control over a portion of the more than $200 million Indiana receives in federal "Title I" money each year that is used for schools with low-income populations.

Federal officials told Indiana Schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz in April that problems with the state's monitoring of low-performing schools had placed the state's waiver in jeopardy.

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Local News
3:33 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Indiana Officially Drops Common Core Education Standards

The Indiana Board of Education has approved new math and English standards to replace the Common Core benchmarks in K through 12 classrooms this fall.     

The board voted 10-1 this morning to endorse the new education standards .

Some Common Core opponents told the board that the new benchmarks are no more than watered-down versions of the contentious national standards.

But board member Dr. Brad Oliver says Indiana’s students will be better served with a state-developed system.

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Local News
5:07 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Indiana Panel Backs New Education Standards

A panel of Indiana business and education leaders is supporting new education benchmarks to replace the national Common Core standards.     Members of the Indiana Education Roundtable including Gov. Mike Pence and Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz voted 21-3 Monday to approve new math standards and 21-2 with one abstention for new English benchmarks.    

The proposed guidelines on what students should learn in each grade now move to the State Board of Education for a final vote April 28 on whether to adopt them for use in Indiana classrooms this fall.

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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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Local News
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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