Education

Education
9:00 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Test Scores Vary Widely Among the 13 JCPS Elementary School Clusters

Jazlyn Caldwell, 5, plays with puzzle blocks this August on her first day of kindergarten at Shelby Elementary.
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A school bus pulls into the Meyzeek Middle School parking lot Thursday afternoon. Instead of carrying students, inside are computers and printers and Internet.

Jefferson County Public Schools' mobile bus program helps the district reach parents who haven’t registered or enrolled their child—and who may never even apply for elementary schools when the application period opens on Monday. 

Last year, JCPS had roughly 2,000 new kindergarten students whose parents didn't apply during the application period—out of about 7,500 new students. 

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Education
2:44 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Louisville Signs Joint Agreement With JCPS To Improve Education Outcomes

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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has signed an agreement with Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Donna Hargens to boost the city’s academic well-being.

The joint commitment reinforces on-going initiatives the city already has in place, like the 55,000 Degrees program. But it also emphasizes more collaboration between the two entities and includes regular meetings to discuss ways the city and schools can become better partners.

The agreement will focus on all aspects of education, from early childhood programming to college graduation.

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Education
2:13 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

The Key to JCPS' Elementary School Choice? Parent Involvement in the Process.

Christina Bush, assists kindergartner Jazlyn Caldwell, age 5.
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This is the first of a two part series. On Friday, we'll look at how Jefferson County Public Schools elementary clusters compare and what's being done to improve parent engagement in school choice.

The application process for Jefferson County public elementary schools begins Monday, bringing another batch of incoming kindergartners' parents to confront the choice of schools.

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Education
9:00 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Louisville's Mercy Academy Gets National Recognition for 'You're Not a Princess' Ads

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Noting feminist tones, national commentators are discussing an advertising campaign by Louisville's Mercy Academy that tells prospective students, bluntly, "You're Not a Princess."

The ads, created by the Louisville firm Doe-Anderson, include lines such as "be more than the fairest of them all" and "prepare for real life."

Mercy President Mike Johnson said the ads bolster a view—one that's not in dispute these days—that women can achieve anything.

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Education
3:25 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

JCPS Committee Proposes Giving Former Drug Offenders Second Chance To Volunteer

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The Jefferson County Board of Education will consider a new policy later this month to allow some ex-offenders with drug convictions a second chance to volunteer in schools.

In JCPS, hundreds of parents are rejected from volunteering because the district bans anyone with a felony or drug and alcohol conviction from volunteering in supervisory roles.

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Education
1:01 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

JCPS Wants You To Design The First 'School of Innovation'

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If you could design your own school, what would it look like?

That’s the question posed to Jefferson County residents by the school district, which will consider the best idea for creating the first “school of innovation” and help it become a reality as early as the 2015-2016 school year, officials said Tuesday.

“I would like to see classrooms get dumped in general,” says Fred Durham, co-founder of Café Press in Louisville.

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Education
10:09 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

JCPS Crafting Long-Term Plan For Growing Populations, New Schools Possible

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Jefferson County Public Schools is considering its next steps with a population shifting eastward, while considering where students in unique groups—like limited English learners and early childhood education—will be living in the next few years.

All but one of JCPS’ 13 elementary school clusters (areas in which parents can choose schools) will have enough capacity to seat students through 2017, according to projections presented to the school board Monday.

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Education
11:33 am
Mon November 11, 2013

JCPS Announcing Details Of 'School Of Innovation Design Competition' Tuesday

School of the future, according to the hit children's show The Jetsons.
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Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Donna Hargens will announce details of a competition to create a new JCPS school  Tuesday.

Earlier this year, JCPS was granted District of Innovation status by the Kentucky Board of Education.

It was one of only four school districts across the state to earn this label. These districts are allowed to waive certain education department regulations that other schools must follow.

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Education
9:43 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Kentucky's Education Department Shows Concern Over New School Accountability Measure

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Kentucky’s Education Department is keeping an eye on schools that have given themselves high scores when asked to self-assess their writing, arts and health programs.

In his monthly webinar to superintendents (also in his blog), Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says concerns are raised when it comes to comparing those scores with student achievement. 

The programs reviews will count for 23 percent of school scores next year and they'll expand to more subjects in the future.

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Education
2:05 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Group Raising Money To 'Prove' Kentucky's Education System Needs More Money

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The Council for Better Education is asking its members to help fund another study to demonstrate how Kentucky’s education system is being underfunded.

This time, the study would show the cost of fully implementing the state’s 2009 education reforms that have been in place for two years, says council president and Fayette County Public Schools superintendent Tom Shelton.

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