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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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Education
7:00 am
Wed April 16, 2014

The University of Louisville Has 25,000 Rodents on Its Health Sciences Campus. (For Research.)

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The University of Louisville's health sciences campus has thousands of rats and mice—and officials are not only OK with it, but they're planning to soon get the rodents new homes through an allotment from the Kentucky General Assembly.

That's because medical breakthroughs that have come from the University of Louisville were due, in large part, to those rats and mice.

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Education
7:40 am
Sun April 13, 2014

UofL, JCTC Want People Who've Done the Coursework to Get Their Associates Degrees

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The University of Louisville and Jefferson Community and Technical College want to add to the city's 55,000 Degrees initiative by granting associates degrees to transfer students who've already done the coursework but never got around to applying for the two-year degree.

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Education
6:43 am
Fri April 11, 2014

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

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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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Education
5:37 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

University of Louisville Met Its $1-Billion Fundraising Goal

The University of Louisville got contributions from 75,000 donors from every state and every Kentucky county to meet its $1-billion fundraising campaign, school officials announced Thursday.

The Charting Our Course campaign began in 2007.

UofL President James Ramsey said he did not expect the funds to be raised so quickly.

"At the time, a billion dollars sounded overwhelming," he said.

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Education
3:46 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

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

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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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Education
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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Education
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.
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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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Education
7:00 am
Tue April 8, 2014

UK and UofL Are Teaming Up for an MBA Program

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The University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville will offer a joint executive MBA program that focuses on extending education for business leaders. 

With a tuition price tag of just more than $67,000, the joint program will offer about 40 mid-level executives the opportunity to work with senior faculty members and learn new skills, officials said.

The class is set to begin in the fall of 2014.

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Education
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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