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4:14 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Kentucky Legislators May Let School Districts Shorten Their Calendars Because of All Those Snow Days

School-canceling snow in Louisville earlier this year.
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FRANKFORT—The state House will vote on legislation to allow Kentucky school districts to shorten their instructional calendar by as many as 10 days.

The measure is being promoted as a way for schools to deal with a greater-than-normal number of snow days. State Rep. Brian Linder, a Dry Ridge Republican, says educators in his district realize it often takes a while for bills to become laws.

“I told them I would bring the urgency that we need to make sure that we get this pushed through as quickly as possible so they can get their schedule figured out,” Linder said.

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Education
8:18 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Here Are the Finalists in Jefferson County Public Schools' School of Innovation Competition

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The finalists in Jefferson County Public Schools' School of Innovation competition are The Catalpa School, the Louisville Reach Academy, the Metro Museum Magnet School and the Next Generation Community School. 

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Education
6:00 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Listen to Details From the 12 Semifinalists in the JCPS School of Innovation Competition

JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens kicks off Friday night's School of Innovation forum.
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Jefferson County Public Schools will on Monday night unveil the finalists from the 48 community submissions to design a new school.

The school district plans to open the winning School of Innovation design in the 2015-16 academic year. Last month, JCPS unveiled 12 semifinalists in the competition. Submitters included several teams of JCPS teachers, a group of Louisville museum leaders and a team of educators from Michigan.

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Education
4:07 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Four Fort Knox Schools to Shut Down at End of School Year

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The inactivation of the 3rd Combat Brigade, 1st Infantry Division  at Fort Knox  is leading to the closure of half of the schools on the military base at the end of the school year.

The base currently has eight schools and about 2,000 students. Nearly 700 students on the base will leave the district when the combat brigade relocates, and four schools will be closed, according to the Department of Defense Education Activity, which oversees the schools serving military families.

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Education
10:25 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Ford Grants $100,000 to Promote Career Readiness Among High Schoolers

A $100,000 grant from Ford Motor Company will help transform some  Jefferson County high schools into career-themed academies.

The grant comes after 18 months of collaboration between  JCPS  officials and community leaders to develop a plan that will help prepare students for life after graduation.

JCPS Superintendant Donna Hargens said the Ford Next Generation Learning program will help connect the classroom to the workplace.

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Education
9:28 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

State Audit Recommends Removal of Myers Middle School Principal

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Findings from a Kentucky Department of Education audit of Louisville’s Myers Middle School may lead to the removal of the school’s principal.

The recommendation to remove Jack Baldwin from his duties at the academically struggling school came on the heels of a Jefferson County Board of Education decision to implement a restaffing model at Myers in hopes of improving performance scores.

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Education
6:00 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Here Are The 12 Semi-Finalist Ideas In The JCPS Schools of Innovation Competition

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Last year, Jefferson County Public Schools asked the community to submit their ideas of new school concepts. 

The initiative, called Schools of Innovation, is meant to foster new approaches to education. The school district's goal is to apply one of the 12 concepts to a school starting in the 2015-16 school year.

JCPS got 48 complete submissions and a review panel has narrowed them to 12 semifinalists. 

Here they are.

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Education
3:27 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

UofL Partners With National Digital Manufacturing Initiative

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The University of Louisville's Speed Engineering School will collaborate with other institutions, government agencies and businesses in an initiative to boost digital design and manufacturing processes nationwide.

The announcement comes today as President Obama awarded $70 million of Department of Defense funding to the program.

In addition to the $70 million from the federal government, nearly $250 million was raised by public and private entities to ensure the institute would be based in Chicago.

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Education
2:33 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Testing Waivers for Kentucky School Districts of Innovation Wins House Committee Approval

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A bill that would modify student assessments in Kentucky public schools has unanimously cleared a House committee.

The measure would permit schools participating in the Kentucky Department of Education’s Districts of Innovation program to implement new testing methods to assess student performance.

Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Donna Hargens testified before the House Education Committee Tuesday morning, saying that alternative assessments won’t be any less rigorous than current ones.

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Education
12:27 am
Tue February 25, 2014

JCPS Board Approves Restaffing of Myers Middle School

Myers Middle School
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The Jefferson County Board of Education on Monday unanimously approved the restaffing of the faculty at Myers Middle School.

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