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6:51 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Takeaways From the Jefferson County School Board Candidates Forum

Credit Jefferson County Public Schools

Jefferson County Board of Education candidates discussed topics ranging from low-performing schools to charter schools in a forum Tuesday.

Candidates seeking to represent districts 3, 5 and 6 spoke in hour-long slots dedicated to each race. (District 1 is also up for election, but incumbent Diane Porter is running unopposed and she did not participate in the forum.)

Here is a breakdown of some of the issues the candidates hit on during the forum, which was organized by the Parent Teacher Association's 15th district and moderated by WFPL's Devin Katayama.

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Education
7:00 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Jefferson County School Board Candidates to Meet Today at PTA-Sponsored Forum

School board district map with current board members.
Credit http://www.jefferson.k12.ky.us/Board/BoardMap/Board_District_Map.html

Candidates for the the Jefferson County Board of Education will sit Tuesday evening for a panel discussion two weeks ahead of the Nov. 4 election.

Candidates from JCPS’ 3rd, 5th and 6th district will attend the forum. (Diane Porter, who represents District 1, is running unopposed for re-election.)

The district 3 seat is being vacated this year by incumbent Debbie Wesslund.  Linda Duncan and Carol Haddad, representing the 5th and 6th districts, will be defending their seats.

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Education
9:00 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Report: Kentucky Spending on Public Education Lower Than Recession Levels

Credit Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

The shock of the recession still lingers in public schools across Kentucky.

In fact, the results of a recent report from the Washington D.C. based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities shows that the state spends $561 less per student in fiscal year 2015 than in fiscal year 2008. Adjusting for inflation, the rate is about 11 percent less than than the 2008 rate.

State legislators are slowly turning the rate around, said Brad Hughes, a spokesman for the Kentucky School Boards Association.

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Education
6:38 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Kentucky's Middle School Teachers Need More Math Training, Education Commissioner Says

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says middle school teachers need more training in math.
Credit The Kentucky Department of Education

Math is the gatekeeper for students' school success, Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday recently told WFPL.

“If a student does not do well in Algebra 1 in high school, or does not pass eighth grade math, those students will not be successful in reaching college and career ready status,” he said.

The No. 1 predictor of successfully reaching college and career readiness—an element of state accountability—is eighth grade math scores, Holliday said. Reading is important, but math is the foundation.

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Education
7:00 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Kentucky Wants Child Care Centers Rated For Quality

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Kentucky child care programs that accept Child Care Assistance Program subsidies must begin participating in a rating system by mid-August 2015, according to the state agency that provides oversight for the programs.

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services said in a release that this should help improve quality child care across the state.

But some say they've jumped the gun.

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Education
7:42 am
Tue October 14, 2014

In a Switch, a JCPS 'School of Innovation' May Now Move Into Atkinson Elementary

Atkinson Elementary
Credit Jefferson County Public Schools

Jefferson County Public Schools administrators have a new plan for one of the Schools of Innovation competition winners.

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Education
6:06 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Some Kentucky School Districts Can Now Use Online Courses as an Alternative on Snow Days

Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL News

Remember last winter, when schools around Kentucky closed because of the unusually harsh weather?

The Kentucky Department of Education has now approved waivers for 13 school districts to teach through virtual or other means when school is canceled because of emergencies, like large snowfall.

Last winter, Kentucky schools had a lot of snow days.

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Education
6:06 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Why a JCPS Parent Didn't Let Her Son Take Kentucky's Standardized Tests

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The assistant principal urged Sarah Stalker to let her son, Bran, take Kentucky’s standardized test.

After careful consideration, Stalker and her husband decided to keep their son from taking the test this past spring at St. Matthews Elementary School.

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Education
8:03 am
Sat October 11, 2014

Louisville Hosts Annual College and Career Expo Sunday

The Thinker statue on the University of Louisville's Belknap campus.
Credit File photo

The region’s largest college and career recruiting event is this Sunday in Louisville.  

The 22nd annual College and Career Expo will include representatives from more than 250 colleges and employers from across the country, including local employers like UPS and Jefferson County Public Schools.

Attendees can meet one-on-one with recruiters, counselors and admission representatives. There will also be opportunities to learn more about scholarships that are available.

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Education
10:55 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Kentucky Students Are Taking and Passing More Advanced Placement Tests

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Kentucky has seen a positive trend of more students taking and passing Advanced Placement tests, according to data release recently by the test's administrator.

High school students who score high enough on AP tests can earn college credit. Last school year, 30,133 students took at least one or more of the AP exam that follows completion of an AP course, according to data provided by the College Board.

That's more than double the number six years ago.

And the number of exams students took and passed last school year has also more than doubled during that time.

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