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8:32 am
Fri August 16, 2013

JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens Answers Your Questions Today During WFPL News Special

JCPS Supertintendent will answer your questions today at 1pm on WFPL.
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More than 100,000 Jefferson County Public Schools students are back in class next Tuesday and there are several changes that officials hope will improve student achievement.

We'll be joined by Superintendent Donna Hargens today at 1 p.m. to discuss all this plus more and we'll be taking your calls.

What questions do you have about the state of public education in Louisville?

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Education
8:00 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Bullitt County's 1912 Test for Eighth-Graders is Difficult

This image is making the rounds on the Internet this week. It's a test apparently given to eighth-graders in Bullitt County in 1912.

The gist of all the commentary can be summarized this way: "Some of these questions are really difficult to figure out."

The test was  posted on the Bullitt County History website, which is a project of the Bullitt County Genealogical Society. Here's a section:

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Education
12:33 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Louisville Teacher and Councilwoman Seek Volunteers To Help Clean Up West End Bus Stops

Louisville Metro Councilwoman Attica Scott has organized a bus stop cleanup day in her district to help quell nerves associated with the first day of school.

Scott is the councilwoman for District 1 and she says the cleanup this Saturday will target bus stops in three neighborhoods: Park Duvalle, Chickasaw, and Parkland.

“We have dozens that need to be cleaned. We’ll probably get to 15 to 20 of them because we don’t want to just focus on the bus stop proper but we also want to look at entire block," she says.

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Education
5:13 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Brain Drain Series: 'While I Had Been Away, Louisville Had Grown Up'

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Patty Payette graduated from the University of Louisville with a master's in English, but left the city in 1995 to earn her Ph.D in East Lansing, Mich.

Over the years, she would visit Louisville and was able to watch its slow but progressive growth. She returned permanently several years later with her husband and children.

Payette sat down to talk for our series on "brain drain" and growing talent in the city. She says when she returned she was looking for new challenges.

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Education
4:51 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

JCPS Administrators Give Presentation on Vision 2015 Strategic Plan

Donna Hargens
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Jefferson County Public Schools heads back into session on Tuesday. It will be Superintendent Donna Hargens' third academic year—and the third year for the school district's strategic plan, Vision 2015. 

In that span of time, JCPS had made many changes—including the adoption of national Common Core standards, student assignment changes and several collaborations to address student achievement.

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Education
2:45 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Report: Louisville Improves Standing for College Degree-Holders (But We're Still Behind)

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In the Louisville area, 25.4 percent of adults have a bachelor's degree—moving Louisville ahead of two peer cities in an annual progress report on educational attainment.

But even with that progress toward the city's top economic development goal, Louisville still ranks 14th out of 16. In last year's report, Louisville ranked last.

The KentuckianaWorks Human Capital Scorecard—released Wednesday—looked at Census data from 2009 to 2011.

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Education
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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