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8:44 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Kentucky Names Teachers Of The Year

Jefferson County's James E. Farmer Elementary teacher Angela Pleasant has been nominated for Teacher of the Year.

UPDATE: Oct. 16 1:15 pm: Here are the winners announced by the Kentucky Department of Education:  A 3rd-grade teacher at Murray Elementary School in the Murray Independent school district, Holly Bloodworth, is the 2014 Kentucky Teacher of the Year.

Melanie Trowel, a science teacher at Carter G. Woodson Academy in Fayette County, is the 2014 Middle School Teacher of the Year. Joanna Howerton Stevens, a mathematics teacher at Lincoln County High School in the Lincoln County school district, is the High School Teacher of the Year.

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Education
11:30 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Kentucky Education Committee Passes on Hearing Science Standards, Official Adoption Near

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Kentucky’s new science standards have taken a step closer to becoming officially adopted this week.

The Next Generation Science Standards—which were developed by 26 states including Kentucky—were rejected by a small regulation committee earlier this year. 

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Education
12:25 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

JCPS Prepares for Middle and High School Showcase

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Parents and guardians interested in learning more about the options available to their middle and high school students can participate in Jefferson County’s annual Showcase of Schools this week.

“Typically what happens at showcase is you have parents who have done a little bit of research but want to really sit down and talk to the people at the schools, learn as much as they can about the programs that are available and make their best decision,” says district spokesman Ben Jackey.

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Education
12:52 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Where Homeschooling is Happening in Kentucky, and Why Education Leaders are Paying Attention

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Kentucky doesn't monitor homeschooling very well, Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says.

But as the state prepares to implement a new dropout age of 18 in a few years, Holliday says it’s an issue the education department wants to keep an eye on.

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Education
2:24 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

JCPS Student 'Advanced Placement' Participation Improves, Passing Rates Dip Slightly

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Jefferson County Public Schools continues to trend upwards in the number of students participating in Advanced Placement courses and taking the accompanying exams.

In JCPS, about half of the AP tests taken received scores that allow students to earn college credit at many higher education institutions—a perk of the AP course system—but the passing rate dipped this year after several years of gains.

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Education
12:44 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

There Is No 'Ban' On Handshakes After Kentucky High School Games, Official Says

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The commissioner of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association tells WFPL that there is no ban on students wishing to handshakes with the opposing team after middle and high school athletics.

Media reports surfaced yesterday, following directives from Commissioner Julian Tackett saying if students want to shake hands it must be supervised by school staff or coaches.

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Education
10:36 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Kentucky Students Taking More 'Advanced Placement' Tests, Seeing Higher Scores

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Kentucky students are taking more advanced placement tests and scoring higher on those exams, according to data released this week.

This trend has continued since 2008 when the state began its Advanced Kentucky initiative that helps local school districts grow participation.

Advanced Kentucky trains teachers and helps students prevent the need for remediation courses once they reach college.

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Education
5:56 am
Wed October 9, 2013

JCPS Official Sees Positives In More Reports Of Student Bullying

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Jefferson County public school officials say the district’s efforts to combat bullying are resulting in more incident reports—but also more targeted approaches in schools.

In 2011, JCPS and many school districts stepped up their campaigns to address bullying. The school district revised its student behavior code to include a clear definition of what bullying is, aligning it with similar definitions used in other urban school districts, said Jackie Wisman, director of the JCPS Safe and Drug Free School Office.

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Education
3:07 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Kentucky Colleges Should Improve Recruitment, Training for Would-Be Teachers, Education Leaders Say

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Kentucky colleges and universities need to do a better job recruiting and training good teachers, said Bob King, president of the state's Council on Postsecondary Education.

King told the Kentucky Board of Education on Tuesday that there's an issue with many college students studying to become elementary school teachers in the state. The Council on Postsecondary Education is a state agency that coordinates and monitors Kentucky's state universities and colleges.

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Education
5:17 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Indiana Governor Defends Halting 'Common Core,' Kentucky Governor Talks Charter Schools

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The Common Core standards and charter schools were discussed Monday when Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence appeared on a panel in New York City on public education at the state level.

The panel is part of NBC's 2013 Education Nation Summit

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