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5:12 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

U of L President James Ramsey Rejects Higher Pay Raise, Trustees Approve 4 Percent Increase

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The University of Louisville Board of Trustees approved a 4 percent pay raise Friday for President James Ramsey, who rejected a higher raise recommended by the compensation committee this week.

Trustees’ Vice Chair Robert Hughes says Ramsey voluntarily rejected a 6 percent raise, despite meeting all but one of the 50 goals set by the board and the U of L Foundation--the school's private funding arm that supports around half of Ramsey's salary.

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Education
1:53 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Greater Clark Teachers Concerned About Student Safety With Extended School Day

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The Greater Clark County School Board has voted to extend the school day, but the district must develop a plan to support teachers who will likely be asked to spend more time monitoring the safety of children after school.

Beginning this fall, the bell will ring 10 minutes later in order to add time for a student intervention and enrichment program introduced by Superintendent Andrew Melin last year. This means some teachers will be ending their day—and the number of hours they’re contracted to work—at the same time as students.

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Education
9:28 am
Thu July 11, 2013

WFPL's Brain Drain Series: 'There Are a Lot of Great Minds Here'

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Last year, the city announced Louisville had lost thousands of bachelor’s degree holders, reversing nearly a decade of steady gains that help prevent the phenomenon known as “brain drain.”

The largest declines came from young adults between 25 to 34 years old, according to 2011 data. As cities across the country continue competing for brilliant minds and to grow the number of young professionals, WFPL is asking the question: What does Louisville have to offer?

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Education
8:14 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Senate Fails to Keep Student Loan Rates Low

WASHINGTON — An effort to restore lower interest rates on student loans has failed in the Senate.

The White House and most Senate Democrats favored restoring interest rates on subsidized Stafford loans to 3.4 percent for another year. But lawmakers on Wednesday were unable to muster the necessary 60 votes to overcome a procedural hurdle.

That left interest rates at 6.8 percent — a rate that leaders from both parties called unacceptable.

Interest rates doubled on July 1 because Congress was unable to send a bill to President Barack Obama for his signature.

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Education
12:44 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Kentucky Governor, Education Leaders Celebrate New Statewide Dropout Age of 18

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Just two weeks since Kentucky allowed school districts to voluntarily adopt the new compulsory dropout age of 18, enough districts have approved the policy to make it mandatory statewide in four years.

Gov. Steve Beshear and Education Commissioner Terry Holliday announced today that 96 districts—or 55 percent—have adopted the new policy raising the dropout age from 16, which has been in place since 1934, according to state officials.

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Education
12:11 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Indiana Works Out New Restraint and Seclusion Guidelines for Schools

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The Indiana commission in charge of creating  a new set of guidelines for restraint and seclusion policies in schools will meet over the next few weeks to complete its  work.

The policies set the rules for how teachers are supposed to act when dealing with students who are misbehaving to the point where they need to use hands-on or seclusion techniques.

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Education
5:40 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Shawnee High School Principal Keith Look Submits Leave of Absence

The principal at one of Louisville’s lowest achieving schools is leaving the position for an education organization located in Washington D.C.

Keith Look submitted his leave of absence Monday from Shawnee High School.  It’s effective immediately.  

Look says being a principal is an isolated experience and he’s decided to leave, in part, to challenge his assumptions about education.

Look has been a JCPS principal for a decade. Before taking the helm at Shawnee High, he was at Meyzeek Middle School, which is one of the state’s higher performing schools.

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Education
1:52 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Kentucky’s New Dropout Age Will Be 18

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In four years, Kentucky students won't be able to drop out of school until they're 18.

It appears that enough Kentucky school districts have, or plan to back increasing the compulsory dropout age from 16 to 18 to put the state over the threshold needed to make the change mandatory statewide.

More than 20 school districts that have not yet acted on the policy are scheduled to meet this week, and WFPL has confirmed several of those districts plan to adopt the policy.

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Education
10:07 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

JCPS Adopts New Dropout Age, Kentucky Nears Threshold To Mandate Policy Statewide

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The Jefferson County Board of Education approved a new policy Monday night increasing the age at which students can drop out of school from 16- to 18-years-old, joining dozens of school districts statewide that have passed similar policies over the last two weeks.

“When you say it’s okay for students to drop out of school at 16, they think it’s okay to drop out at 16,” says JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens. “So in order to really send the message that we expect you to stay in school until 18 and we’re there to support you, it needs to be in writing that it's 18.”

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Education
6:44 am
Mon July 8, 2013

JCPS Board To Approve New Dropout Age And New Code of Conduct

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Jefferson County Public Schools is expected to join the 88 Kentucky school districts that have voluntarily approved a new dropout age of 18, following approval by the school board at Monday night's meeting.

Many of those districts rushed to voluntarily approve the new dropout age, raising it from 16 to 18. This is partly because Gov. Steve Beshear and the Kentucky Education Department are giving $10,000 grants to the first 96 districts that approve the policy. 

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