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3:18 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

U of L Diabetes And Obesity Center Receives $11.25 Million Grant

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The University of Louisville has received a second multi-million dollar grant to continue studying the effects of diabetes and obesity.

The $11.25 million grant from the National Institutes for Health will help the school's Center for Diabetes and Obesity develop new researchers over the next five years who can continue their work after graduating from the program.

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Education
11:12 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Split JCPS Board Approves Smaller Tax Increase Than Proposed

JCPS District 2 board member David Jones Jr. introduced a smaller tax increase that was eventually approved by a majority of board members.

The Jefferson County Board of Education has approved its sixth straight annual tax increase—but it's a smaller hike than the JCPS staff's 3.1-percent increase recommendation.

Several people addressed the board Monday night, criticizing the idea of increasing  property taxes 3.1 percent, which would have forced homeowners in the district to pay $22 more than the $700 they now pay for property assessed at $100,000.

The 3.1 percent tax hike would have given JCPS an additional $18 million in revenue.

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Education
4:57 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Indiana University Plans To Grow Online Presence

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Indiana University officials say they want to expand the school’s online education programs to reach more students and create more revenue.

Barbara Bichelmeyer is interim chancellor of IU Southeast. She says the university already offers more than 100 online programs, but the school only serves about 5,500 students.

By comparison, schools like the University of Massachusetts serve 30,000 students through online programming.

Bichelmeyer says IU plans to improve its marketing of online programs of over the next year to hopefully boost enrollment.

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Education
10:00 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Oldham County Schools Reduce Illegal Non-Resident Enrollment

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The number of families investigated for illegally sending their students to Oldham County Schools has significantly reduced and officials attribute the drop to an aggressive approach to tackling the issue.

During the 2011-2012 school year Oldham Schools took legal action against seven people and investigated nearly 100 claims that families were sending their students to the district from outside the county.

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Education
6:58 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Most Laid-Off JCPS Employees Are Returning After All

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Nearly all Jefferson County Public School employees who received layoff notices last spring will return to the district this fall.

Districts were required to inform the education department last May how many employees would be laid off, or be put on temporary holds. At the time, JCPS officials were uncertain how much funding would become available over the summer.

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Education
4:23 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Fayette County Schools Opens New Innovative 'Hands-On' School

The academy is housed in downtown Lexington at a former elementary school but will moved to a new location in 2015.
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An innovative program from Fayette County Public Schools is opening its doors for the first time when classes begin on Wednesday.

Lexington’s STEAM Academy--which stands for science, technology, engineering, arts, and math--will include 150 high school students in its inaugural class. The school will offer more authentic learning experiences and community collaboration, says director Tina Stevenson.

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Education
10:58 am
Fri August 9, 2013

New JCPS, UofL Program Tries Keeping Qualified Teachers In Neediest Schools

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Jefferson County Public Schools and the University of Louisville have announced a program that will help the district retain its most qualified teachers in the district’s lowest performing schools.

The new CARDS program—which stands for Competency, Awareness and Responsiveness to Diverse Students—will offer its first cohort of seven JCPS middle and high school teachers full ride scholarships funded by the Gheens Foundation.

The first classes will begin this fall.

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Education
12:52 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Kentucky Education Officials OK New Science Standards Despite Criticism of Evolution

Kentucky education officials' consideration of Next Generation Science Standards gained national attention last month when The Huffington Post and others picked up on criticism of evolution and climate change during a public hearings on the matter. 

Here's the latest:

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Education
4:05 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Kentucky Education Commissioner Responds to New York's Common Core Testing

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Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday congratulated New York’s public education system following the first annual release of test results under the new common core standards that 45 states have adopted.

In those results, the number of New York students deemed proficient under its new test dropped significantly because of higher expectations in the common core standards, similar to what Kentucky experienced last year.

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Education
12:40 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Family Scholar House Opens Fourth Location, Louisville Metro 'Fast-Tracked' Approval Process

The Family Scholar House renovated this 19th Century Parkland School.

The fourth Family Scholar House has opened in the Parkland neighborhood and will help 48 more low-income single-parents earn degrees.

The program offers both residential and non-residential services to families that are struggling, and for many who have been homeless. The goal is to support families while the parent earns a degree, though success can also be measured by the 100 percent of residential participants who have transitioned into stable housing, program officials say.

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