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5:16 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Last Chance to Fill Out JCPS Comprehensive School Survey Coming Up

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The last opportunity to participate in the JCPS Comprehensive School Survey will be March 7, an extended date because of the school system's nine snow days.

The survey is offered by Jefferson County Public Schools to get input on various issues related to the school system, from student safety to school cleanliness. Marco Munoz of JCPS's accountability, research  and planning office says public engagement is key to making the survey useful.

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Education
2:46 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Presidents of UK, UofL Make Funding Case to Kentucky General Assembly

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The presidents of the universities of Kentucky and Louisville made their case Thursday for more state dollars before a legislative  budget review committee.

U of L President James Ramsey and UK President Eli Capilouto are slated for a 2.5 percent cut in funding in the first year of Gov. Steve Beshear's proposed budget.

Related: Where Would Increased K-12 Education Funding Leave Kentucky's State Universities?

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Education
7:00 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Kentucky Education Department Offers School Districts New ACT Test Dates Snow Days

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Jefferson County Public School officials will not delay state mandated ACT testing for high school juniors.

The Kentucky Education Department recently distributed a survey to school districts to find out whether the large number of snow days this academic year have harmed  test preparation.  

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Education
2:19 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Kentucky Senate OKs Bill Aiming to Protect Student Data

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  A bill aimed to protect student data unanimously passed the Kentucky Senate last week and will now head to the House for consideration.

State Sen. Jimmy Higdon, a Lebanon Republican, sponsored the bill that primarily concentrates on monitoring information collected by third-party technology companies.

“We’re concerned about the storage of student data, aka the cloud,” he said.  “We know for a fact that some of that data is being sold and we just want to make sure that student data is private,” Higdon said.

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Education
8:20 am
Sun February 16, 2014

Bill Introduced Requiring CPR Training For Kentucky Students

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A bill to add CPR training to the health requirements to graduate from Kentucky schools has been proposed in the General Assembly.

Introduced by state Rep. Jeff Greer, a Brandenburg Democrat, the bill would require Kentucky high schools to include CPR training in health education.

The bill is gaining support from lawmakers across the state, including many from Jefferson County.

Without requiring students or instructors to become CPR certified, the training would provide students with hands-on skills that will enable them to respond to certain emergency situations.

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Education
7:00 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Kentucky Education Officials Consider Rescheduling ACT Test Date

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Despite excessive snow days, officials with Jefferson County Public Schools have recommended the statewide ACT test for high school juniors not be rescheduled.

The decision stems from a survey issued by the Kentucky Department of Education to gauge the effect the missed school days have had on student’s preparation.

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Education
4:30 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Jefferson County Public Schools Will Have Class on Feb. 24-25 Because of Missed Days

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Update 8:22 p.m.: School Board Gives OK

Jefferson County Public Schools students are to be in class on Feb. 24 and Feb. 25, although the dates were initially on the academic calendar to be off days.

The change is being undertaken because of eight missed school days because of winter weather.

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Education
6:30 am
Mon February 10, 2014

New Faces Join Opposition To Jefferson County School Discipline Practices

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A community group opposed to Jefferson County Public Schools’ discipline policies has gained more supporters and plans to meet this week to unify its message to the district.

Officials with the faith-based group Citizens of Louisville Organized and United Together, or CLOUT, say suspensions and other discipline in JCPS disproportionately affect African American students.

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Education
7:00 am
Sun February 9, 2014

What 3 New Kentucky Districts of Innovation Plan To Do With Schools

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Three new Kentucky school districts have received District of Innovation status—meaning they can get waivers for a handful of state education department regulations.

The Kentucky Board of Education has approved Owensboro Independent, Owsley County and Trigg County school districts, all of which were rejected in the first group.

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Education
5:00 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Louisville's Simmons College Anticipates Higher Education Accreditation

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Louisville’s historic Simmons College of Kentucky is expected to soon be accredited for the first time by the Association for Biblical Higher Education. This comes in the middle of a renaissance for the historically African American school over the past several years.

Simmons’ history in Louisville is rich. It was founded in the 19th century by former slaves at Seventh and Kentucky streets. The school barely made it out of the Great Depression, and was hit hard again during the Civil Rights movement.

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