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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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Education
2:29 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Kentucky Community Colleges Raise Tuition by 2.86 Percent

The Jefferson Community & Technical College campus.
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CUMBERLAND — The Kentucky Community and Technical College System Board of Regents has voted to raise tuition by 2.86 percent and give faculty and staff pay raises of 2 percent.

President Michael B. McCall recommended the increases that were approved on Friday.

Full-time employees at the state's 16 community and technical colleges—which includes Jefferson Community & Technical College—who received favorable performance evaluations will get the 2 percent raises or $1,000, whichever is larger. Tuition for in-state students will rise from $140 to $144 per credit hour.

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Education
4:33 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

University of Louisville Approves Budget That Includes Pay Raises, Tuition Increases, No State Cuts

The University of Louisville Board of Trustees has approved the school’s budget for next year that includes pay raises, tuition increases and no statewide funding cuts.

“The good news is we’re not being cut next year. The bad news is we’re not getting any new money,” says U of L president James Ramsey, adding the school has faced 13 separate budget cuts over a 12 year period.

Kentucky did fund increases in 2005 and 2006, but following the recession the state cut higher education which meant $9 million the current fiscal year.

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Education
3:22 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

KDE'sTerry Holliday and JCPS' Donna Hargens Talk Failing Schools

Education Commissioner Terry Holliday and JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens appeared at a community forum earlier this year.
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Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says if Jefferson County Public Schools turns around its lowest-achieving schools—called "priority schools"—it would help turn around all statewide education results.

JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens says that doesn’t go far enough, and she maintains committed to results for all students.

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