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3:35 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Resettling Agencies Say Extra Funds Improve Partnership with JCPS

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The number of refugee students in Jefferson County continues to rise at a quick pace and the agencies responsible for their resettlement say extra funding being appropriated to them has improved their relationship with the school district.

Previously, federal Refugee School Impact Grant funding was only awarded to Jefferson County Public Schools in the region.

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Education
6:56 am
Sun October 20, 2013

Civil Rights Letters to be on Digital Display at the University of Louisville

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The Civil Rights movement of the 1960s had many voices of support.

In Louisville, one of those voices was Anne Braden. Braden wrote many letters to Martin Luther King Jr. Some expressed support—others asked for support.

Those letters, along with other original documents associated with the Civil Rights movement, will be on digital display at the Ekstrom Library on the University of Louisville campus from Oct. 21 through Oct. 25.

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Education
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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