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8:25 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Oldham County School Board Approves Its Largest Tax Increase In Past Decade

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The Oldham County Board of Education approved the largest allowable tax increase Thursday night, which is also its largest tax increase in the past 10 years.

The board's 4-1 vote will allow the school district to balance its budget and follows $3 million in cuts made earlier this year. Superintendent Will Wells says raising taxes the maximum 4 percent allows Oldham County Schools to maintain the academic programs that are working.

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Education
12:20 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Oldham School Board Votes On Maximum Tax Hike Tonight

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The Oldham County School Board will vote Wednesday night on whether to approve its largest tax increase of the past 10 years. 

Superintendent Will Wells says the district has already made $3 million in cuts and part of balancing the district's budget will also require raising taxes, which he says will allow Oldham Schools to maintain the academic programs that are working.

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Education
11:31 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Education Commissioner Says Next Legislative Session Is 'Make Or Break' For Kentucky Schools

Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says he supports tax reforms and expanded gaming to pay for public education in Kentucky.
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Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday is calling the next legislative session a “make or break year” for education in the state.

“I think we’ve hit the wall for increasing student performance and without some reinvestment in public education I think kids are going to lose out,” he says.

As Kentucky slowly rebounds from the recession, Holliday says the state needs to make education a top priority when laying out the biennium budget that will set the funding for state agencies over the next two years.

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Education
10:59 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Cell Phones In JCPS Classrooms: 'A Step That We Have To Make'

Principals at eight Jefferson County high schools say they want to give their teachers the option to let students use cell phones in class and the school board expects to approve their requests in early September.

The Jefferson County Board of Education held a work session Monday to discuss how the schools will implement their policies. The district bans all cell phone use in schools, but principals are now allowed to request waivers after JCPS updated its code of conduct, which sets the behavioral expectations for the district.

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Education
2:21 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Sen. Rand Paul Discusses Schools' Rejection of Parent Volunteers

Sen. Rand Paul participated in a panel on charter schools last week.
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Kentucky Senator Rand Paul acknowledges that parents with certain criminal records should be allowed more participation in their children’s education than some school districts allow.

As WFPL reported this week, Jefferson County Public Schools and other school districts ban anyone with a felony offense on their record from participating as a full-time volunteer.

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Education
11:55 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Several Kentucky School Districts Start Semester With 'Race To The Top' Support

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A consortium of 22 Kentucky school districts is beginning the school year with new programs and supports funded by one of the largest federal Race to the Top grants recently awarded.

The school districts are part of the Ohio Valley Education Cooperative (OVEC) and the Green River Regional Education Cooperative (GRREC) that include central and northern regions of the state.

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Education
7:45 am
Sun August 25, 2013

JCPS Background Checks Block Parents From Volunteering, Even for Years-Old Offenses

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Honey Dozier fits the profile of a parent commonly rejected by Jefferson County Public Schools. She’s white, female and has a criminal record for a past non-violent offense. 

When she was 18—before her first child was born—she made a mistake, she says.

It was a big mistake. She stole and used other people’s credit cards—that's a felony. But that was nearly two decades ago, she says.

”What I did was wrong, clearly, but it should not keep me from going on field trips for 19 years,” she says.

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Education
4:50 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Rand Paul, Mitch McConnell Join Push for Kentucky Charter Schools

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A new push for Kentucky to have charter schools launched on Thursday with political leaders proclaiming their affinity for that particular type of school choice.

Sens. Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell sat on a panel with leaders from the national charter school advocates and others. The discussion was hosted by the Kentucky Charter Schools Association, which was recently created and is led by former Louisville mayoral candidate Hal Heiner. 

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Education
12:10 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Hal Heiner Launches Second Charter School Organization Ahead of Louisville Panel

Hal Heiner is chairman of the Kentucky Charter Schools Association.

Leaders of a defunct organization supporting charter schools in Kentucky have launched a new group that will host a panel of charter supporters including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Rand Paul tomorrow in Louisville.

“We’ve had a loose coalition for a couple years now and I wanted to sharpen the focus, pull the coalition together and sharpen the focus on public charter schools for Kentucky,” says Hal Heiner, chairman of the Kentucky Charter Schools Association.

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Education
8:47 am
Wed August 21, 2013

JCPS Bus Accident Sends 7 Students To Hospital, Some With 'Minor Pains'

UPDATE, 9:47 am: Jefferson County Public Schools officials now say that there were only seven students aboard school bus 0157 that was involved in an accident this morning. All seven were taken to an area hospital, but only five reported minor pains.

Original story:

Jefferson County Public Schools officials say five elementary school students were sent to an area hospital following an accident with bus number 0157.

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