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Education
10:54 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Kentucky Community College Top Job Draws 40 Applicants. (Just Don't Ask Who.)

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Sometime after Nov. 1, the Kentucky Community & Technical College System will name a new president to succeed the retiring Michael McCall. But only a group of insiders knows who’s in the running.

The application deadline passed nearly two months ago, on July 25. With the help of an outside search agency, the Association of Community College Trustees, a 16-person search committee expects to narrow the field of applicants to just a few finalists next month. KCTCS Chairman P.G. Peeples, co-chairman of the search committee, said he is pleased with the progress being made.

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Education
11:23 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Kentucky's Education Commissioner Taking Frustrations With Accountability Waivers to Washington

Terry Holliday
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Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday plans to share concerns about a federal waiver process when he and other sate school chiefs meet Friday with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan in Washington, D.C.

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Education
2:51 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

JCPS Students Heading to the Farm to Combat Childhood Obesity

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Two Jefferson County Public Schools are getting some help in the fight against childhood obesity.

A $200,000 grant announced Wednesday will help local nonprofit groups The Food Literacy Project and New Roots establish programs in Wellington Elementary and Hazelwood Elementary to educate students and their families about the benefits of a healthy diet,  said Alice Bridges, vice president of Healthy Communities for KentuckyOne Health.

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Local News
7:00 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Jefferson County Ranks 60th (Out of Kentucky's 120 Counties) In Children's Well-Being

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More than anywhere in Kentucky, the well-being of children in Jefferson County is inconsistent, according to data released Tuesday  in the 2014 Kids Count County Data Book.

In health, Jefferson County ranks No. 12. In education, it ranks No. 112.

“No county in Kentucky has a higher variability than Jefferson County," said Terry Brooks, executive director for Kentucky Youth Advocates, which released the report.

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Education
9:38 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

JCPS May Put Schools of Innovation in Maupin Elementary, Myers Middle Buildings

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Under a proposal unveiled Monday, the winners of Jefferson County Public Schools' School of Innovation competition would go into two existing district buildings—Maupin Elementary near the Parkland neighborhood and the former Myers Middle off Klondike Lane.

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Education
2:06 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Kentucky Tops U.S. In Obesity Among High Schoolers, Report Says

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Kentucky had the highest percentage of obese high school students in the U.S. in 2013, according to a report released this week  by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and nonprofit group Trust for Americans Health.

The State of Obesity report said 18 percent of Kentucky high school students were obese.  That places Kentucky just one spot behind the all-time highest high school obesity rate, which was in Mississippi (18.3) in 2009.

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Education
2:31 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

School Robotics World Championship in Louisville May Boost Tech Interest For Local Students

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Daniel McMillen knows his way around a robot.

McMillen is just 16, but he has already designed and fine-tuned several robots as a member of the Central Hardin High School VEX Robotics team. 

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Education
7:00 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Kentucky Is Improving in Meeting Some Education Goals, Report Says. Here Are 5 Takeaways.

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A challenge was issued in 2008 for Kentucky education leaders to accelerate academic improvement in a way that would allow the state to break into the top 20 in national rankings by 2020.

And it seems to be happening—in some areas. That's according to a report released Wednesday that examines Kentucky's academic progress in various categories. 

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Education
3:51 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

University of Louisville Violated Open Records Law, Must Turn Over Documents, Attorney General Rules

James Ramsey, right
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The University of Louisville has violated the state’s Open Records Act and must release e-mails and documents regarding a high-profile report on the school’s financial controls, according to a recent ruling by the Kentucky Attorney General’s office.

The university had been locked for several months in a public records battle with the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, which appealed the school’s public records denial to Attorney General Jack Conway’s office.

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Education
1:19 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Jefferson County Public Schools, Teachers Reach Tentative Pay Agreement

Jefferson County Teachers Association President Brent McKim recently addressed the Jefferson County Board of Education.
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The Jefferson County Teachers Association has reached a tentative agreement with Jefferson County Public Schools on teacher compensation, the union and school district announced Wednesday.

In recent months, JCTA has pressured the school district to go beyond a state-mandated 1 percent pay raise for the 2014-2015 school year. 

In response, JCPS administrators and the JCTA's directors  have agreed to a $820 pay boost for each district teacher—more than 1 percent for every teachers, according to a joint news release announcing the deal.

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