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3:10 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Greater Clark Schools Prepares To Give Every 3-12 Student Their Own Computer

This school year, 8,000 GCCS students will each have their own laptop.
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Greater Clark County Schools is preparing to roll out its new initiative that will put nearly 8,000 laptop computers into the hands of its students.

“This allows learning to take place no matter where the student is at. No matter what the student is doing they will have a device that they can go to, to help them gain access to the wealth of knowledge that is out there,” says Brett Clark, GCCS technology director.

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Education
3:45 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

JCTA Sending Mailers Asking Members To Vote On New Contract

The Jefferson County Teachers Association is sending mailers this week, asking its member to vote on the tentative contract agreement reached between the union and the school system.

JCTA and district officials have spent the last few weeks updating contract language that hasn’t been changed since 2005.

JCPS and the union were under increased pressure from Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday and community groups that have criticized the union contract, saying it has  prevented students from reaching their full potential.

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Education
1:43 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

JCPS' Smoke-Free, Tobacco-Free District Policy Begins Now

JCPS is one of 28 school districts that have a smoke-free policy.

Jefferson County Public Schools joins the minority of Kentucky school districts that have implemented a district-wide smoke-free policy.

The policy was passed by the JCPS school board last year and is now in effect.

JCPS Spokesman Ben Jackey says the district wants to set a good example for students and faculty and says it will disallow anyone from smoking at all school facilities at any time. The JCPS policy will also extend to field trips and school parking lots.

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Education
12:39 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Gov. Steve Beshear Elected Chair of the Southern Regional Education Board

Gov. Steve Beshear has been elected chairman of the non-partisan Southern Regional Education Board, which aims to keep its member states focused on accountability and student achievement across the entire education pipeline.

Beshear succeeds Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, whose focus last year was on workforce readiness, an SREB spokeswoman says. Further, Beshear's focus will likely be on career and technical education, she says.

The following is an excerpt from a release sent out by SREB:

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Education
12:16 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Kentucky School Districts Rush To Adopt New Dropout Age, Governor Beshear Extends Grant Funding

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Kentucky officials are pleased with the number of early adopters for the state's new compulsory dropout age of 18, and the Gov. Steve Beshear has extended the number of grants being offered to the first 96 school district that pass new policies. 

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Education
3:02 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Kentucky School Districts Can Begin Adopting New Dropout Age

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Kentucky school districts can begin adopting new polices today to increase the minimum dropout age to 18.

Under new law, the Kentucky legislature has granted school boards the option to increase the minimum dropout age, which is currently 16. 

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Education
10:33 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens Gets Another Positive Evaluation From Board

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday and JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens.
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The Jefferson County Board of Education has approved the annual evaluation for Superintendent Donna Hargens, and she received positive remarks.

On Monday, the JCPS board unanimously approved Hargens’ second evaluation since hiring her in 2011. Board members cited her ability to build relationships with private business, being able to communicate the district’s strategic plan and her record on student achievement. 

The 6-0 vote did not include District 4 board member Chuck Haddaway, who was not present.

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Education
6:00 am
Sun June 23, 2013

Kentucky School Districts Expected to Increase Dropout Age to 18 Beginning This Week

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Beginning this week, several Kentucky school boards are expected to adopt new policies increasing the dropout age for students to 18.

For decades, Kentucky students have been allowed to drop out of school at age 16. Under new state law, local districts now have the option to change that. Once 55 percent of school districts adopt the new dropout age, all districts will have four years to follow suit.

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Education
9:00 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Jefferson County Public Schools and Teachers Reach Tentative Agreement on Contract

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Principals would hire teachers from an expanded list of transfer prospects under a tentative labor contract agreement reached Friday by Jefferson County Public Schools and the teachers' union.

The negotiations between JCPS and the Jefferson County Teachers Association began June 3 and were accompanied by calls for the union to make concessions from a couple of groups, which argued that the current contract impedes needed changes for struggling schools.

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Education
4:36 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Education Secretary Arne Duncan Tells Louisville: Early Childhood Expansion Would Solve Problems

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U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan was in Louisville on Thursday to push a proposed expansion of early childhood programs that, he argues, would have a wide-ranging effect on the nation's economy and even crime rates.

The idea is pretty straight forward: Children who enter Kindergarten with basic skills are more likely to do well in school and become productive members of society.

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