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3:02 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Kentucky School Districts Can Begin Adopting New Dropout Age

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Kentucky school districts can begin adopting new polices today to increase the minimum dropout age to 18.

Under new law, the Kentucky legislature has granted school boards the option to increase the minimum dropout age, which is currently 16. 

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Education
10:33 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens Gets Another Positive Evaluation From Board

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The Jefferson County Board of Education has approved the annual evaluation for Superintendent Donna Hargens, and she received positive remarks.

On Monday, the JCPS board unanimously approved Hargens’ second evaluation since hiring her in 2011. Board members cited her ability to build relationships with private business, being able to communicate the district’s strategic plan and her record on student achievement. 

The 6-0 vote did not include District 4 board member Chuck Haddaway, who was not present.

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Education
6:00 am
Sun June 23, 2013

Kentucky School Districts Expected to Increase Dropout Age to 18 Beginning This Week

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Beginning this week, several Kentucky school boards are expected to adopt new policies increasing the dropout age for students to 18.

For decades, Kentucky students have been allowed to drop out of school at age 16. Under new state law, local districts now have the option to change that. Once 55 percent of school districts adopt the new dropout age, all districts will have four years to follow suit.

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Education
9:00 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Jefferson County Public Schools and Teachers Reach Tentative Agreement on Contract

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Principals would hire teachers from an expanded list of transfer prospects under a tentative labor contract agreement reached Friday by Jefferson County Public Schools and the teachers' union.

The negotiations between JCPS and the Jefferson County Teachers Association began June 3 and were accompanied by calls for the union to make concessions from a couple of groups, which argued that the current contract impedes needed changes for struggling schools.

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Education
4:36 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Education Secretary Arne Duncan Tells Louisville: Early Childhood Expansion Would Solve Problems

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U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan was in Louisville on Thursday to push a proposed expansion of early childhood programs that, he argues, would have a wide-ranging effect on the nation's economy and even crime rates.

The idea is pretty straight forward: Children who enter Kindergarten with basic skills are more likely to do well in school and become productive members of society.

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Education
3:52 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan to Visit Louisville to Spotlight Child Care Resources

UPDATE: The following is the response WFPL received from Gov. Steve Beshear: 

“Yes, we support the President’s efforts to improve access and availability of early childhood education. Experts say that every dollar spent on preschool programs carries a return on investment that ranges from $2 to $17.

The PEW Center on the States found that the positive effect of high-quality preschool “generates significant savings because children need fewer higher-priced interventions such as special education and grade retention.”

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Education
3:14 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

African American Ministers Call for JCPS-JCTA Contract Negotiations to be Done Publicly

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About two dozen African American pastors on Tuesday called for Jefferson County Public Schools and the Jefferson County Teachers to open ongoing contract negotiations to the public.

The pastors also called for the new contract to allow principals more leeway to dismiss underperforming teachers, students more access to teachers before and after school hours and for struggling students to be paired with more experienced teachers.

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Education
6:49 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

What is JCPS Doing to Improve Literacy?

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Literacy is a gateway skill for the American dream, says Dr. Robert Cooter, dean of Bellarmine's School of Education.

Illiteracy impacts the economy. Children who can't read are less likely to go to college. It can effect their lifespan and it correlates with the School-to-Prison Pipeline.

On Monday, I hosted a WFPL news special on literacy with Gwen Snow, associate principal of JCPS' ESL Newcomer Academy,  Maria Carrico, an Extended School Services (ESS) coordinator and Dr. Robert Cooter, dean of Bellarmine’s School of Education. Listen to the full show below.

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Education
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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