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10:58 am
Fri August 9, 2013

New JCPS, UofL Program Tries Keeping Qualified Teachers In Neediest Schools

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Jefferson County Public Schools and the University of Louisville have announced a program that will help the district retain its most qualified teachers in the district’s lowest performing schools.

The new CARDS program—which stands for Competency, Awareness and Responsiveness to Diverse Students—will offer its first cohort of seven JCPS middle and high school teachers full ride scholarships funded by the Gheens Foundation.

The first classes will begin this fall.

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Education
12:52 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Kentucky Education Officials OK New Science Standards Despite Criticism of Evolution

Kentucky education officials' consideration of Next Generation Science Standards gained national attention last month when The Huffington Post and others picked up on criticism of evolution and climate change during a public hearings on the matter. 

Here's the latest:

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Education
4:05 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Kentucky Education Commissioner Responds to New York's Common Core Testing

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Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday congratulated New York’s public education system following the first annual release of test results under the new common core standards that 45 states have adopted.

In those results, the number of New York students deemed proficient under its new test dropped significantly because of higher expectations in the common core standards, similar to what Kentucky experienced last year.

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Education
12:40 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Family Scholar House Opens Fourth Location, Louisville Metro 'Fast-Tracked' Approval Process

The Family Scholar House renovated this 19th Century Parkland School.

The fourth Family Scholar House has opened in the Parkland neighborhood and will help 48 more low-income single-parents earn degrees.

The program offers both residential and non-residential services to families that are struggling, and for many who have been homeless. The goal is to support families while the parent earns a degree, though success can also be measured by the 100 percent of residential participants who have transitioned into stable housing, program officials say.

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Education
3:08 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

AmeriCorps Adds Service Members To JCPS Programs

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Despite facing national and state funding cuts this year, AmeriCorps will be adding new members to Jefferson County Public Schools' program targeting at-risk students.

Nearly $4 million in grants have been awarded to Kentucky social service programs led by AmeriCorps (To see a list of the programs click here).

This year, programs that submitted applications for national grants were asked to cut costs by 5 percent.

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Education
9:51 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Dwaine Greene Chosen to Lead Georgetown College

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M. Dwaine Greene will be the new president of Georgetown College.

Greene succeeds William Crouch, who retired after leading for 22 years the private liberal arts college in Scott County, just outside of Lexington.

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Education
9:03 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Education Chairman Doesn't Expect Major Changes To Kentucky Science Standards

The chair of the Kentucky Board of Education doesn’t expect the controversy over newly-adopted science standards to lead to a change in those standards before they're implemented.

The Next Generation Science Standards were developed by an independent consortium of 26 states, including Kentucky, and are part of Kentucky’s 2009 education reforms. They will update what students will be expected to learn in science.

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Education
6:37 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

JCPS Claims Bus Manufacturer Sold It 396 Faulty Buses

The Jefferson County Board of Education is claiming that 396 school buses from a Delaware manufacturer are faulty.

The school district filed a lawsuit Friday alleging that it's had numerous problems with engines and other parts to buses from Navistar, which was named as a defendant in the suit. JCPS also alleges that the issues with engines, plus premature rusting and broken doors.

A Navistar spokesman said the company does not comment on pending litigation.

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Education
3:38 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

U of L Partners With Westport Middle School For Teacher Training Program

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A program that teams higher education with primary schools is coming this fall to another public school in Jefferson County. 

Several University of Louisville student teachers will be at Westport Middle School working side-by-side with veteran educators.

“We have a designated classroom at those schools, and it’s actually called the University of Louisville classroom, so that our students here in the program will actually take classes on site," says U of L’s program director Harrie Buecker.

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Education
10:39 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Former Indiana Superintendent Tony Bennett Asks for State Investigation Into Tenure

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INDIANAPOLIS — Former Indiana schools chief Tony Bennett has asked the state's inspector general to investigate the Department of Education's actions during his tenure after resigning as Florida's education commissioner.

Tony Bennett's request Thursday followed an Associated Press story showing that Bennett and his staff scrambled to overhaul Indiana's school accountability formula after learning a charter school founded by a top Republican donor had received a C.

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