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8:57 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

June 6 Will Be The Last Day of School for JCPS This Year

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  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 Board.

Teachers will work through June 13. Graduation dates for JCPS seniors will be June 6-9.

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8:18 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Here Are the Finalists in Jefferson County Public Schools' School of Innovation Competition

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The finalists in Jefferson County Public Schools' School of Innovation competition are The Catalpa School, the Louisville Reach Academy, the Metro Museum Magnet School and the Next Generation Community School. 

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2:33 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Testing Waivers for Kentucky School Districts of Innovation Wins House Committee Approval


A bill that would modify student assessments in Kentucky public schools has unanimously cleared a House committee.

The measure would permit schools participating in the Kentucky Department of Education’s Districts of Innovation program to implement new testing methods to assess student performance.

Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Donna Hargens testified before the House Education Committee Tuesday morning, saying that alternative assessments won’t be any less rigorous than current ones.

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7:02 am
Sun September 29, 2013

JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens Discusses Test Results With WFPL

On Friday, the Kentucky Department of Education released results of its statewide school accountability tests, showing for the first time measurable data against the previous year under a new testing system.

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12:01 am
Fri September 27, 2013

JCPS Improves in Kentucky School Test Scores, but Middle Schools and Math are Concerns

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Jefferson County Public Schools has shown overall improvement in the latest Kentucky accountability test scores—and many of its struggling schools are making significant gains. But despite meeting its annual objectives, JCPS still trails behind its peers in some key measurements.

That’s according to new annual accountability results that were released by the Kentucky Department of Education Friday.

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12:31 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

JCPS Considers Reimagination of Several Schools With Innovation in Mind

JCPS officials have proposed changes to The Academy at Shawnee, which is a low performing school.

Officials with the Louisville school district are proposing major changes to a few of its lower performing schools that would extend the school day, shift students around and create new positions.

The JCPS school board met this week to hear proposals that would affect several schools, but are focused on Frost Middle School, Myers Middle School and The Academy at Shawnee (formerly Shawnee High), all of which are deemed priority schools (aka persistently low-achieving schools).

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4:51 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

JCPS Administrators Give Presentation on Vision 2015 Strategic Plan

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Jefferson County Public Schools heads back into session on Tuesday. It will be Superintendent Donna Hargens' third academic year—and the third year for the school district's strategic plan, Vision 2015. 

In that span of time, JCPS had made many changes—including the adoption of national Common Core standards, student assignment changes and several collaborations to address student achievement.

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11:12 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Split JCPS Board Approves Smaller Tax Increase Than Proposed

JCPS District 2 board member David Jones Jr. introduced a smaller tax increase that was eventually approved by a majority of board members.

The Jefferson County Board of Education has approved its sixth straight annual tax increase—but it's a smaller hike than the JCPS staff's 3.1-percent increase recommendation.

Several people addressed the board Monday night, criticizing the idea of increasing  property taxes 3.1 percent, which would have forced homeowners in the district to pay $22 more than the $700 they now pay for property assessed at $100,000.

The 3.1 percent tax hike would have given JCPS an additional $18 million in revenue.

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9:00 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Jefferson County Public Schools and Teachers Reach Tentative Agreement on Contract

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Principals would hire teachers from an expanded list of transfer prospects under a tentative labor contract agreement reached Friday by Jefferson County Public Schools and the teachers' union.

The negotiations between JCPS and the Jefferson County Teachers Association began June 3 and were accompanied by calls for the union to make concessions from a couple of groups, which argued that the current contract impedes needed changes for struggling schools.

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4:21 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens on WFPL News Special

Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Donna Hargens appeared live in our studios for a WFPL News Special today.

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