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3:02 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Louisville Archdiocese Doesn't Blink as Catholic Scholars Denounce Common Core School Standards

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Louisville's Catholic schools will continue implementing elements of the Common Core education standards despite pushback from a group of Catholic scholars.

The Common Core standards change what students learn in English and math and have been adopted by 45 states—Kentucky being the first.

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Education
11:45 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

What 'Career Ready' Means for Students and the Role of Private Business

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Kentucky leads the nation in implementing college and career ready standards.

  

This has been touted by state educators for the past few years since Senate Bill 1 in 2009 forced the education system to adapt and meet the demand of Kentucky's changing economic realities.

The shift has also meant a change in programs and partnerships between the public education system and the private sector.

Louisville Public Media 89.3 WFPL News hosted a public forum to discuss, "The Shift to Career Ready: What this Means for Students and the Role of Private Business." 

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Education
2:57 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

U of L Picks 'Strothman and Company' To Lead Financial Mangement Audit

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The University of Louisville Board of Trustee's audit committee has unanimously approved the firm that will review the school’s financial management.

U of L requested the external audit (not to be confused with its annual audit) following allegations that an employee wrote himself checks in access of $2 million. 

Louisville’s Strothman and Company was chosen among five candidates who presented to the audit committee Monday.

“They have just answered all of the things that we asked them to do in our request for proposals," says committee chair Brucie Moore.

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Education
9:56 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Kentucky Schools' Arts, Humanities Programs Get Mixed Reviews in State Testing

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The standing of Kentucky students in subjects such as math and reading has been a major topic of discussion.

Now it's time to consider writing and arts programs.

The Kentucky Department of Education has released new data on how well schools supported their writing and arts programs. These "program reviews" were conducted in arts and humanities, practical living and writing programs this year, and they'll assess the strength and support of instruction and will not consider test scores.

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Education
11:27 am
Fri November 1, 2013

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan Tells Louisville Agriculture Crowd To Think Forward

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan spoke at the FFA's National Convention in Louisville.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says agriculture education is about the jobs of the future and not a backwards looking curriculum to preserve the past.

Over 50,000 students from the National FFA Organization—formerly Future Farmers of America—chapters around the country have been in Louisville this week for the annual conference taking place at the Kentucky Exposition Center.

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Education
2:05 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Kentucky McDonalds Campaign For GED, Test Changes Next Year

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McDonald’s restaurants in over 50 Kentucky counties will  encourage patrons who didn’t finish high school to complete their GEDs before the exam changes next year.

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Education
5:03 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Home of the Innocents Expands Reach To Jefferson County Foster Children

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Louisville’s Home of the Innocents is opening its primary care services to more foster children through a new collaboration with the state.

The Home of the Innocents already offers more than 80 services that help thousands of area children annually with a variety of needs, like autism, mental health, or residential treatment.

President Gordon Brown says the organization's Open Arms Children’s Health center is now trying to serve 400 more Jefferson County kids this year.

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Education
11:43 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Kentucky School Boards Jumping On 'Grassroots' Movement To Fund Public Education

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Some are calling the dozens of Kentucky school boards that have passed resolutions demanding more funding for public education in the next state budget cycle the largest grassroots movement by local districts in recent history.

“This really started with one school board, up in Morehead, the Rowan County board, that just got fed up,” says Brad Hughes, who has been with the Kentucky School Boards Association for 20 years.

Hughes says he’s counted over 60 school boards that have passed similar resolutions to boost funding for public education.

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Education
1:45 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Jefferson County Public Schools Considers Easing Restrictions for Ex-Felon Parent Volunteers

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Some parents with felony backgrounds who are banned from volunteering in Jefferson County Public Schools may soon be allowed the privilege.

Volunteer applicants in JCPS are automatically rejected from assisting schools in a supervisory role if they are convicted of, or plead guilty to, any felony—no matter how long ago it happened.

(Click here to see WFPL's previous coverage on rejected volunteers.)

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Education
8:52 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

JCPS Officials: 'Equity Scorecards' Can Address Achievement Gaps in Race, Language

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Jefferson County Public Schools will release its first “equity scorecards” for schools in November, which will delve into academic disparities—in race and language, for example—that have existed in the district for years.

The district plans to use the scorecards to guide schools in improving the education outcomes for all students.

“We really need to be honest in terms of challenging the perceptions and the biases that we all hold,” says Judi Vanderhaar, evaluation specialist for JCPS who helped lead the initiative.

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