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Education
1:15 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Louisville's 'Right Turn' Program Hopes To Mentor 500 At-Risk Youth

Mayor Greg Fischer
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Louisville is creating a new grant-funded program to help at-risk youth who've been in the juvenile justice system or who have mental or health issues, Mayor Greg Fischer and Congressman John Yarmuth announced Wednesday.

Louisville youth, ages 16 to 19,  will be referred to the program through agencies and non-profits and will receive career advice, job training and help with meeting personal goals, according to a city news release.

The idea is to help improve the opportunities for at-risk youth before they make mistakes that can lead to arrests, unemployment or worse.

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Education
6:58 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Chart: 50 Highest Real Estate Tax Levies By Kentucky School Districts

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On Monday night, the Jefferson County Board of Education unanimously decided to keep the school district's real estate tax levy the same as the previous year—71 cents per $100 of a resident's assessed property value. The 71-cent rate established in 2013 will continue through the 2014-15 fiscal year.

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Education
11:11 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Jefferson County School Board Votes to Keep Property Tax Rate Unchanged

Jefferson County Teachers Association President Brent McKim speaks Monday night to the school board before the property tax vote.
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The Jefferson County Board of Education voted Monday night to leave its property tax rate unchanged for the new fiscal year.

That means the current rate of 71 cents per $100 of a resident’s assessed property value will not change.  At that rate, a person who owns real estate valued at $100,000 would pay $710 annually in tax.

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Education
12:51 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Kentucky Education Department Wants Feedback on Common Core, and to Clear Up Misperceptions

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The Kentucky Education Department on Monday launched an online survey—called the Kentucky Core Academic Standards Challenge—to gather feedback from the public on the new education standards at the center of a national debate.

The Common Core is meant to unify standards in math and English for what students learn from state to state. States could choose whether to adopt the standards, which had the support of the federal government. Kentucky was the first.

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Education
6:56 am
Mon August 25, 2014

As School Board Considers Tax Tonight, Hargens Says JCPS Must be 'Stewards of Every Dollar'

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Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Donna Hargens said the district increasing taxes just to boost revenue would not be responsible, even though it faces a near $20-million budget deficit.

“We have to be stewards of every dollar,” Hargens told WFPL on Friday. 

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Education
8:13 am
Sat August 23, 2014

Kentucky Seeks Applicants For Statewide Student Council

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The Kentucky Department of Education is looking to fill open seats on a statewide student council that offers feedback to state education leaders.

The Next-Generation Student Council is made up of 11 high school students in grades 10 through 12 from a diverse geographic area of the state, said Nancy Rodriguez, spokeswoman for the Kentucky Education Department.

Rodriguez said state education officials value the student feedback, and the council is meant to serve as a voice for the student body throughout the state.

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Education
4:44 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Early School Start Times Lead To Lower Test Scores, Study Says

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Students attending Kentucky elementary schools with early start times fare worse than students who start school later, according to a report recently published in the American Psychological Association's Journal of Educational Psychology.

The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Kentucky and Auburn University, collected 2011-2012 school year data from 718 Kentucky elementary schools, representing every school district in the state, according to Peggy Keller, lead researcher and UK psychology assistant professor.

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Education
7:28 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

JCPS Officials to Recommend No Property Tax Increase for 2014-15

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Jefferson County Public Schools administrators will recommend that the district's real estate and property tax rates remain unchanged for the 2014-15 fiscal year, JCPS said in a statement released late Wednesday.

If the school board approves, the rate will stay .71 cents per $100 of assessed value. That means resident whose property's value is assessed at $100,000 will pay $710 to JCPS for the year. The Jefferson County Board of Education will vote on the proposal at Monday evening's meeting after a public hearing.

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Education
11:30 am
Wed August 20, 2014

State Law Says Kentucky Students Can Miss School To Go To The Fair

Carson Cameron, 7, left, and Caleb Cameron, 11, climb on hay bales.
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Jefferson County High School students returned to class a week ago—creating a rare instance where the Kentucky State Fair started after the first day of school.

But JCPS students can still visit the fair on a weekday. State law makes it possible for students to have an excused absence as early as the second day of the school year to attend the Kentucky State Fair.

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Education
7:31 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Kentucky's 2014 Public School Graduates Make College-Readiness Gains

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Kentucky’s recent public school graduates have improved the state's performance on the ACT college entrance exam, but it continues to trail nationally.

The Kentucky Department of Education released results Wednesday showing improved scores for public school graduates in the four subjects tested by the ACT.

The state's results also showed gains in scores for most ethnic and gender student groups in composite scores, including African-American and Hispanic graduates. 

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