7:32 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Changes May Be Coming To JCPS Student Code of Conduct


After a series of meetings spanning nearly three months, a Jefferson County Public Schools committee tasked with reworking the district's code of student conduct is ready to present its revisions to the Board of Education for approval.

Composed of school administrators, teachers, parents and a student, the committee was assembled to refine the code of conduct in a way that would decrease suspension rates—keeping students in class while maintaining a safe school environment.

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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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6:43 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Many Kentucky School Financial Officers May Lack Skills To Do Their Jobs

Monticello High School
Credit Wayne County Museum

Kentucky doesn't mandate any qualifications for the top financial officers of its 173 school districts—and state officials are concerned that the situation is leading to waste and mismanagement, the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting reports today.

You can read the story by Kristina Goetz here.

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3:46 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Principal of Struggling Myers Middle School Won't Be Back Next Year

Myers Middle School
Credit Jefferson County Public Schools

Following a recommendation from the Kentucky Education Education, Myers Middle School will have a new principal by the 2014-2015 school year.

The Jefferson County Board of Education had an opportunity to appeal the decision, but will not be taking any action, a district spokesman said.

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11:43 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Education Instigator Diane Ravitch To Speak At WFPL News

Diane Ravitch won U of L's 2014 Grawemeyer Award for Education. She'll speak with WFPL on April 16.

Since working with the U.S. Department of Education, historian Diane Ravitch has recanted her support for many of the country’s education reforms, such as standardized testing and charter schools.

Ravitch is a leading national voice on education issues, and next week she'll will join WFPL and an audience in an exclusive interview to discuss the current and future state of public education.

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6:53 am
Wed April 9, 2014

JCPS Holds Workshops in Louisville Neighborhoods Where Kindergarten Readiness Scores Were Lower

The first day of the 2013-14 school year at Shelby Elementary School.
Credit Amber Sigman/WFPL News

Earlier this year, Kentucky released results of screeners meant to show what percentage of this year's kindergartners entered with the skills needed for school.

The results showed vast differences in "kindergarten readiness" in children coming from Louisville's many neighborhoods.

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8:57 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

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

Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL News

  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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7:00 am
Sat March 29, 2014

Debbie Wesslund Won't Run Again for Jefferson County Board of Education

Debbie Wesslund
Credit Jefferson County Public Schools

Jefferson County Board of Education member Debbie Wesslund won’t seek re-election this year.

Wesslund has for eight years represented the board's third district, which covers northeastern Jefferson County. 

She says the decision to not run for another term involved a lot of thought. But she adds that she's relieved to make the announcement.

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6:42 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Kentucky Senate Once Again Tries For Charter Schools

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A bill that would open the door to charter schools in Kentucky has passed the state Senate, although similar legislation has previously failed to gain traction in the Democratic-led House.

The measure passed by a 22-14 party line vote—not unlike the vote last year.

The bill would allow certified teaching staff and parents to petition the principal of a low-achieving school for a vote on whether a privately run charter organization should be in charge of the school.

State Sen. Mike Wilson, a Bowling Green Republican, sponsored the bill.

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6:49 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Some JCPS Magnet School Programs Should Be Phased Out, Review Says

Manual High School
Credit Wikipedia Commons

Some of Jefferson County Public Schools's magnet schools aren't running like magnet schools, according to a review released this week.  

To address the issue, JCPS needs to define its vision for magnet school—those with specialty programs such as aerospace or performing arts, the review said.

The magnet school review suggests:

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