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4:43 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

JCPS Preps For High Speed Internet Upgrades, Kentucky Comes Up Short On Tech Support

Technology is on the minds of Kentucky education officials who say they’ve identified nearly 40 school districts—including Jefferson County Public Schools—that are priorities for receiving upgrades to their high speed internet soon.

Kentucky Department of Education officials say state's public education system has been a nationwide leader in cloud-based computing, but KDE is struggling to keep teachers satisfied and adequate broadband Internet service in schools.

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Education
3:47 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

More Patients Released After Bus Crashes Tuesday Carrying Waggener High School Students

The scene of the accident.
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Waggener High School students on a college visit were injured Tuesday afternoon in a bus crash on Interstate 64 near the Jefferson-Shelby county line.

Note: We're updating developments from Tuesday bus crash below.

How many students were injured—and the extent of those injuries—is unclear, says Ben Jackey, a spokesman for Jefferson County Public Schools.

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Education
1:23 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Districts of Innovation: What Waivers JCPS Received And Why

School of the future, according to the hit children's show The Jetsons.
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Over the summer, Jefferson County Public Schools will prepare to become a District of Innovation and will work with the Kentucky Department of Education to determine how it will measure the success of its new initiatives to improve student outcomes.

In all, six waivers were approved for JCPS and two were denied, but some other parts of the district’s plan may still need to be worked out. (At the bottom of this story, you'll find the  eight waivers JCPS requested and whether they were approved.)

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Education
6:28 am
Mon June 10, 2013

JCPS Recruiting 4-Year-Olds For Early Childhood Programming, Funding Still Uncertain

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Jefferson County Public Schools is actively recruiting young children to enroll in the district’s Early Childhood Programs sooner, but many families have historically put off applying until late summer.

This year, the number of students the district can serve could also be affected by funding cuts at the federal level.

“Some of the cuts that have occurred, it will impact what we’re having and we’re still working through what that’s going to be,” says JCPS' Kathy Stovall.

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Education
7:11 am
Sun June 9, 2013

The Last Days of School, From a Louisville Teacher's Perspective

The final week of school brings scenes of relief—a culmination of hard work—for Jefferson County Public Schools students and teachers. 

To learn more about what those last days of a school year are like, WFPL gave a recorder to a teacher who describes the relationships that are harvested and earned.

Meet Cherie Edwards, who has taught at Johnson Traditional Middle School for 14 years.

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Education
4:44 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Barbara Bichelmeyer to be Interim Chancellor of IU Southeast

Barbara Bichelmeyer
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The next leader of Indiana University Southeast is an IU system administrator whose job has included working with regional campuses.

Barbara Bichelmeyer (pronouced Bickle-myer) will on July 1 replace IU Southeast Chancellor Sandra Patterson-Randles, who is retiring after an 11 period period that saw enrollment growth and the erection of dorms on the New Albany campus.

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Education
3:30 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Flutie Effect? U of L Stops Accepting First Year Student Applications Earlier Than Ever

The University of Louisville has stopped accepting applications for first year students after seeing an 11-percent increase in submissions from the previous year.

This is the earliest U of L has maxed out the number of applicants its accepted—which is around 10,000— and officials say the success of the Cards men’s and women’s basketball teams are only part of the reason.

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Education
1:04 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

How To Prevent Summer Learning Loss Through Quality Programming

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School is out for many area public school students and the concept known as Summer Learning Loss says some of those students will lose week’s worth of skills over the next few months.

Plus, studies show the losses are even greater for at-risk students, who may lose as much as two to three months of reading skills during the summer. Most students lose two to three months in math skills, studies show.

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Education
10:52 am
Thu June 6, 2013

JCPS Recognized For Improving Advanced Placement Passing Rates For Black Students

Courtesy of the Broad Foundation

Jefferson County Public Schools has been recognized for the number of African-American students passing Advanced Placement exams.

The gains are slight, but nationwide more black students are being tested in AP but "maintaining the status quo or losing ground" passing rates and/or participation, according to the educational Broad Foundation that release a report this week.

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Education
4:20 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Jefferson County Public Schools Will Be A 'District Of Innovation'

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Jefferson County Public Schools is among the four school districts that were recommended and approved to become Kentucky’s first "Districts of Innovation."

Under state law, school districts can apply for exemption from certain Kentucky Department of Education regulations. These districts are called Districts of Innovation.

Sixteen school districts applied this year, but only four were recommended by the Kentucky Department of Education and then approved by the Kentucky Board of Education Wednesday.

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