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10:30 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Transportation for Jefferson County Public Schools Goes as Expected; a Few Buses Late to Schools

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Jefferson County Public Schools officials say transportation for Tuesday morning's first day of school has gone well.

Ben Jackey, a JCPS spokesman, says some buses carrying elementary students were late to school—but that’s expected on the first day.

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Education
5:54 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Education Think-Tank Organization Cautions Against Science Standards

A Washington DC-based education think tank is warning states like Kentucky that the new science standards they're adopting are less effective than they could be.

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Education
5:58 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

The First Days of School: Building Community, Expectations, Connections

Sarah Hodges says she'll spend the first days of school teaching behavioral expectations.

Greenwood Elementary School teacher Sarah Hodges sits in one of her student’s desks. Her room is clean, organized and it smells like the new air freshener she just opened.

I ask her how long it takes for everything to be messed up.

"About an hour," she says.

Inside the neatly packed folders on the students' desks are important papers they need to take home to their families. This includes the district's new Code of Conduct, which lays out the behavioral expectations for students.  

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Education
11:48 am
Mon August 19, 2013

What's New in Jefferson County Public Schools This Year

School begins Tuesday for Jefferson County Public Schools students.
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More than 102,000 Jefferson County Public Schools students are preparing for their first day of class Tuesday.

For the school district, Superintendent Donna Hargens says the focus this year is on executing the district’s strategic plan with the resources available.

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Education
10:44 am
Mon August 19, 2013

How Parents Can Get Information on JCPS Buses

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Jefferson County Public Schools students return to class on Tuesday and, as always, logistics are getting some attention.

The school district has set up a hotline—485-7433 (RIDE)—for parents and guardians to get information about bus stops and times.  The hotline is open until 4:30 Monday afternoon.

Here's a JCPS website with more transportation information.

JCPS has also released this video with rules and tips for new bus riders:

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Education
4:00 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens: 'This School Year Is All About Implementing Our Strategy'

JCPS Superintendent joined WFPL Friday for a news special.

Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Donna Hargens says the district has the strategy, structure and resources in place to implement a strong plan that will help improve student achievement this school year.

But money problems continue to plague JCPS, which has been forced to dip into its savings to support some of the district's new programs. 

Hargens joined WFPL on Friday to discuss these issues plus more. Below are excerpts of the conversation and a link to the full show.

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Education
8:32 am
Fri August 16, 2013

JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens Answers Your Questions Today During WFPL News Special

JCPS Supertintendent will answer your questions today at 1pm on WFPL.

More than 100,000 Jefferson County Public Schools students are back in class next Tuesday and there are several changes that officials hope will improve student achievement.

We'll be joined by Superintendent Donna Hargens today at 1 p.m. to discuss all this plus more and we'll be taking your calls.

What questions do you have about the state of public education in Louisville?

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Education
8:00 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Bullitt County's 1912 Test for Eighth-Graders is Difficult

This image is making the rounds on the Internet this week. It's a test apparently given to eighth-graders in Bullitt County in 1912.

The gist of all the commentary can be summarized this way: "Some of these questions are really difficult to figure out."

The test was  posted on the Bullitt County History website, which is a project of the Bullitt County Genealogical Society. Here's a section:

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Education
12:33 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Louisville Teacher and Councilwoman Seek Volunteers To Help Clean Up West End Bus Stops

Louisville Metro Councilwoman Attica Scott has organized a bus stop cleanup day in her district to help quell nerves associated with the first day of school.

Scott is the councilwoman for District 1 and she says the cleanup this Saturday will target bus stops in three neighborhoods: Park Duvalle, Chickasaw, and Parkland.

“We have dozens that need to be cleaned. We’ll probably get to 15 to 20 of them because we don’t want to just focus on the bus stop proper but we also want to look at entire block," she says.

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Education
5:13 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Brain Drain Series: 'While I Had Been Away, Louisville Had Grown Up'

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Patty Payette graduated from the University of Louisville with a master's in English, but left the city in 1995 to earn her Ph.D in East Lansing, Mich.

Over the years, she would visit Louisville and was able to watch its slow but progressive growth. She returned permanently several years later with her husband and children.

Payette sat down to talk for our series on "brain drain" and growing talent in the city. She says when she returned she was looking for new challenges.

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