11:17 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

School Board Requests State Audit for Jefferson County Public Schools

The Jefferson County Board of Education is asking State Auditor Adam Edelen to review the district’s finances and policies.

The board approved the request Monday night 5-2 following a recommendation from Superintendent Donna Hargens.

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4:42 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Bill That Would Change Indiana School Supt. Requirements Wins Final Approval

Indiana's local school superintendents would no longer have to hold a state superintendent's or teacher's license under a proposal that has won final legislative approval.

The Indiana House voted 55-40 today  to approve the bill that cleared the Senate this month, but only after Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann cast a tie-breaking vote in favor of it.

The bill would require that the district superintendent have a master's degree, a change from current requirements that superintendents have a teaching license and complete graduate school work in education administration.

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6:28 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Board Members Consider Asking for State Audit of Jefferson County Public Schools

The Jefferson County Board of Education

Jefferson County school board members are considering asking Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen to perform a special audit of Jefferson County Public Schools.

"I think it’s something that’s going to be happening here fairly soon,” school board member Chris Brady told WFPL.

Brady couldn’t give specifics on what the state audit would look at. But Brady and board member David Jones Jr. have said it would be healthy for any organization to have an outsider look at the system for improvement.

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4:48 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Tuition Capped at 3 Percent for Kentucky Public Universities

FRANKFORT — The Council on Postsecondary Education has capped tuition increases at public colleges and universities at 3 percent.

The cap applies to in-state undergraduate students for the upcoming school year.

A statement from the council says it is the smallest average tuition increase for Kentucky public institutions in more than a decade.

Council President Bob King said the board felt that tuition increases should be kept "as minimal as possible" given the "challenging economic environment" that students are facing.

5:32 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

JCPS School Board Freshmen Reflect on First Three Months

Three new school board members were elected last November.

It’s been three months since Jefferson County’s newly elected school board members took their seats to serve the district. WFPL caught up with the three board members to ask about challenges, surprises and first impressions since taking the oath in January.

District 2's David Jones Jr. says he was impressed with how far along JCPS superintendent Donna Hargens was in her restructuring plan.

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12:40 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Kentucky Attorney General: Murray State Regents Violated Open Meetings Law

Randy Dunn
Credit Murray State University

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway says the Murray State Board of Regents violated Kentucky’s open meetings law when a quorum of the board attended a social gathering at the home of Regent Sharon Green on March 14.

Lexington Attorney Jim Deckard sought the opinion after board Chairman Constantine Curris, through an attorney, denied allegations of an illegal meeting.

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4:44 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Ford Helps JCPS Develop Career-Themed Schools

Credit Courtesy of JCPS' 5 Star School book.

Jefferson County Public Schools has announced a partnership with Ford Motor Company Foundation to help the district improve its career-themed schools.

Louisville is one of 17 school districts nationwide participating in Ford’s Next Generation Learning initiative. The program includes a network of districts restructuring their career-themed schools to improve student outcomes and to prepare students for college and career readiness.

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10:20 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Listen | WFPL News Special on Alternative Schools

There are more than two dozen alternative schools and programs in Jefferson County, each serving a unique student population including many at-risk students. The programs range from drug-abuse treatment to online learning opportunities.

But how do alternative schools work? And why are they needed?

WFPL explores these questions and more with JCPS Chief Academic Officer Dewey Hensley, Liberty High School principal Iman Talaat, Kentucky Youth Advocates executive director Terry Books and Kentucky Department of Education's Toyah Robey. 

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7:01 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Funds Running Out For Kentucky's Advanced Placement Support Program

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Kentucky is first in the nation for improving its rate of qualifying scores on Advanced Placement tests since 2008, say officials who testified to the Kentucky Board of Education Wednesday.

The commonwealth is also second in the nation for its rate increase for just math and science AP scores and officials are giving credit to the state's AP initiative AdvanceKentucky, which provides teacher training and other resources to encourage AP enrollment for all students.

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2:04 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Kentucky Education Commissioner Provides Districts Incentives to Raise Dropout Age

Education Commissioner Terry Holliday supports raising the dropout age from 16 to 18.
Credit The Kentucky Department of Education

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday is giving school districts an extra incentive to increase the dropout age to 18.

Under a law passed this year, school districts may voluntary decide to increase the dropout age from 16 to 18. If 55 percent of Kentucky’s school districts adopt the policy, all districts must follow within four years.

The Kentucky Board of Education approved a resolution Wednesday urging school districts to approve a policy change.

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