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3:50 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

AP: Former Indiana Schools Superintendent Tony Bennett urged Staff to Improve Charter School's Grade

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INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana's A-F school grading system faces scrutiny over emails showing that education leaders scrambled to overhaul the program at least in part to ensure that a prominent Republican donor's charter school received a top mark.

The September 2012 emails obtained by The Associated Press show former schools Superintendent Tony Bennett urging his staff to find a way to give Christel House an A grade despite poor test scores in algebra that earned it a C.

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Education
1:05 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Kentucky Moves to E-Transcripts, JCPS First To Use Districtwide

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By the end of the year all high school students will have access to Kentucky’s new electronic transcript system and Jefferson County Public Schools will be the first to open the system district wide, officials announced Monday.

The Kentucky Department of Education’s Chief of Staff Tommy Floyd says e-transcripts will offer a consistent process for partnering colleges and universities.

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Education
6:50 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Brain Drain Series: 'I Don’t Want To Move Back Without Something Lined Up'

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WFPL has been exploring the idea of "Brain Drain" and Louisville's ability to keep talented young professionals in the city. What challenges does the city face? What do young workers think about staying in the River City?

In this third installment, we meet Deborah Gray, a Louisville native who has since moved to Houston.

Gray went to Sacred Heart Academy in Louisville and then attended Tulane University. She graduated at the top of her economics class and returned to Louisville for two years to work.

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Education
1:46 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

U of L, UK Developing New Joint Master of Business Administration Degree Program

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The University of Louisville and University of Kentucky are developing the state’s first joint Master of Business Administration (MBA) program that will be targeted to established professionals in the region.

“It’s an MBA degree, but it’s aimed at a very different clientele of people. Folks who have considerably more work experience, 12 to 15 years on average is what we expect," says Charlie Moyer, dean of U of L’s College of Business.

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Education
2:40 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Congressman Brett Guthrie Joins House Republicans In Passing 'No Child Left Behind' Replacement Bill

U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie joined a majority of republicans Friday in passing the first law out of the House to replace the outdated No Child Left behind Act--also known as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

NCLB was signed into law by former-President George Bush in 2002. At the time it had bi-partisan support, but educators have since agreed its expectations are unreasonable--namely the provision that requires a 100 percent proficiency rate for all students in math and reading by 2014.

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Education
2:48 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Education Commissioner Acknowledges Focus On Student Learning in New JCPS Teachers Union Contract

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday joined JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens at a forum this year.
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Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says he appreciates the focus on student learning in the new Jefferson County Teachers Association contract, and the state will monitor its impact on low-performing schools in the district.

Holliday was critical of the union contract prior to negotiations, which began in early June. He previously said there were instances where teachers at low-performing schools would not follow certain turnaround efforts because of the contract provisions. 

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Education
11:19 am
Thu July 18, 2013

What Else Is Included In The Jefferson County Teachers Association Contract?

The Jefferson County school board and teachers union have both approved the new five-year bargaining agreement that will give schools more options when hiring teachers. 

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Education
8:27 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

JCPS Approves New Teachers Union Contract; Board Member Questions Paying Union President

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The Jefferson County Board of Education has approved a new five-year bargaining agreement with the teachers union, but the vote was not unanimous.  

The contract was approved 5-1—board member David Jones Jr. was absent—and will mean more flexibility for principals and schools when hiring new teachers and no cost-of-living increases.

Click here to read the contract.

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Education
5:40 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Congressman Yarmuth Introduces Literacy Bill, But Education Remains An Issue For Congress

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U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth says reauthorizing the No Child Left Behind Act remains a challenge and certain programs that need updating are falling by the wayside.

Yarmuth has introduced the Literacy Education for All, Results for the Nation ACT—or LEARN Act—in the House and an identical bill has also been introduced in the Senate. Both bills face uphill battles as Congress discusses reauthorizing the No Child Left Behind Act, which hasn’t been updated for over a decade.

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Education
3:34 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

The Charter School Vs. Public School Debate Continues

The latest study says kids learn better in charter schools than in public schools. But even charter school supporters question the study and its methods of research.
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Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 8:00 pm

Charter schools turn 21 this year. In that time, these privately run, publicly funded schools have spread to 41 states and enrolled more than 2 million students.

But one key question lingers: Do kids in charter schools learn more than kids in traditional public schools?

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