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5:14 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Louisville Ministers To Address Teachers Union Contract Negotiations Tuesday Morning

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Jefferson County Teachers Association President Brent McKim says contract negations with the school district could last up to two more weeks as a second group plans to voice its opinion of the union’s proposed contract Tuesday.

    

“I feel like we are taking the time we need to look at it thoughtfully and improve for the future," McKim says.

This is the first time the JCTA contract will  be updated in eight years, and McKim says they've scheduled up to two more weeks to finish the negotiations that began early this month.

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Education
7:01 am
Sun June 16, 2013

After Technical Issues, Kentucky Education Officials Want ACT to Run Practice Tests

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Kentucky Department of Education officials say they want the ACT testing company to run practice tests in the fall to ensure there won’t be similar technical issues experienced this spring.

In May, the ACT and other testing companies nationwide experienced technical problems while thousands of students tried access their tests online. KDE officials say this needs to be addressed as more schools are pushing for online testing.

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Education
2:29 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Kentucky Community Colleges Raise Tuition by 2.86 Percent

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CUMBERLAND — The Kentucky Community and Technical College System Board of Regents has voted to raise tuition by 2.86 percent and give faculty and staff pay raises of 2 percent.

President Michael B. McCall recommended the increases that were approved on Friday.

Full-time employees at the state's 16 community and technical colleges—which includes Jefferson Community & Technical College—who received favorable performance evaluations will get the 2 percent raises or $1,000, whichever is larger. Tuition for in-state students will rise from $140 to $144 per credit hour.

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Education
4:33 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

University of Louisville Approves Budget That Includes Pay Raises, Tuition Increases, No State Cuts

The University of Louisville Board of Trustees has approved the school’s budget for next year that includes pay raises, tuition increases and no statewide funding cuts.

“The good news is we’re not being cut next year. The bad news is we’re not getting any new money,” says U of L president James Ramsey, adding the school has faced 13 separate budget cuts over a 12 year period.

Kentucky did fund increases in 2005 and 2006, but following the recession the state cut higher education which meant $9 million the current fiscal year.

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Education
3:22 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

KDE'sTerry Holliday and JCPS' Donna Hargens Talk Failing Schools

Education Commissioner Terry Holliday and JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens appeared at a community forum earlier this year.
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Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says if Jefferson County Public Schools turns around its lowest-achieving schools—called "priority schools"—it would help turn around all statewide education results.

JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens says that doesn’t go far enough, and she maintains committed to results for all students.

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Education
4:43 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

JCPS Preps For High Speed Internet Upgrades, Kentucky Comes Up Short On Tech Support

Technology is on the minds of Kentucky education officials who say they’ve identified nearly 40 school districts—including Jefferson County Public Schools—that are priorities for receiving upgrades to their high speed internet soon.

Kentucky Department of Education officials say state's public education system has been a nationwide leader in cloud-based computing, but KDE is struggling to keep teachers satisfied and adequate broadband Internet service in schools.

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Education
3:47 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

More Patients Released After Bus Crashes Tuesday Carrying Waggener High School Students

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Waggener High School students on a college visit were injured Tuesday afternoon in a bus crash on Interstate 64 near the Jefferson-Shelby county line.

Note: We're updating developments from Tuesday bus crash below.

How many students were injured—and the extent of those injuries—is unclear, says Ben Jackey, a spokesman for Jefferson County Public Schools.

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Education
1:23 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Districts of Innovation: What Waivers JCPS Received And Why

School of the future, according to the hit children's show The Jetsons.
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Over the summer, Jefferson County Public Schools will prepare to become a District of Innovation and will work with the Kentucky Department of Education to determine how it will measure the success of its new initiatives to improve student outcomes.

In all, six waivers were approved for JCPS and two were denied, but some other parts of the district’s plan may still need to be worked out. (At the bottom of this story, you'll find the  eight waivers JCPS requested and whether they were approved.)

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Education
6:28 am
Mon June 10, 2013

JCPS Recruiting 4-Year-Olds For Early Childhood Programming, Funding Still Uncertain

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Jefferson County Public Schools is actively recruiting young children to enroll in the district’s Early Childhood Programs sooner, but many families have historically put off applying until late summer.

This year, the number of students the district can serve could also be affected by funding cuts at the federal level.

“Some of the cuts that have occurred, it will impact what we’re having and we’re still working through what that’s going to be,” says JCPS' Kathy Stovall.

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