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5:09 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

University of Kentucky Targets High School Students With Online Chemistry Classes

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An online education provider is expanding its partnerships with more universities and schools around the U.S., including the University of Kentucky. 

Coursera is known for offering what's being called Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs. It has previously only partnered with a handful of established universities and schools. The courses are often accessible to anyone around the world for free, but only until recently were some courses allowed to be offered for college credit.

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Education
9:01 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Students Describe What Should Be Included In The Next JCPS Magnet School

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This week, a group of Jefferson County Public Schools students presented to the school board what they would include in the "next JCPS magnet" school.

Slides from the presentation are at the bottom of this story. Among the ideas were smaller class sizes, diverse class makeup that not entirely based on student performance, however they also say students should earn their spot within the school. Ideas also included more "hands on" and "real world" experience.

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Education
3:30 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Pension Obligations 'Absolutely' On The Minds Of JCPS Officials

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Jefferson County Public Schools may eventually owe more than $1 billion in pension obligations over the long run, but the details—including the exact amount—are still unclear, officials say.

During the JCPS school board meeting this week, Chief Financial Officer Cordelia Hardin said the district is aware of the potential financial burden that has been caused by the state’s poor management of its pension system.

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Education
8:57 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Louisville Pep Rally Will Celebrate College-Goers

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Nearly one-fifth of Jefferson County Public Schools seniors who say they intend on going to college and have filled out a student aid application won't be attending college in the fall, according to data collected by the district.

The city will now throw its first pep rally to celebrate college goers and to encourage students who may experience summer melt--which is being used to describe students who get lost in the shuffle during summer. 

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Education
12:00 pm
Mon May 27, 2013

Group Attacks Jefferson County Teachers Union Ahead Of Contract Negotations

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A group has launched a campaign against the Jefferson County Teachers Association ahead of contract negotiations that are expected to begin June 3.

Kids First Louisville organizers say the teachers union contract proposal impedes changes that could improve student outcomes. They echo Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday, who told JCPS it needs to address the apparent issues the union contract creates, or be in further jeopardy of state sanctions. 

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Education
6:59 am
Sun May 26, 2013

JCPS May Start Online Streaming Board Meetings

Louisville Metro Government already streams its meetings online. It moved to live streaming on smart phones this month.

Jefferson County Public Schools may soon begin streaming its board meetings online, an initiative under  contemplation for the past two years.

The idea of streaming board meetings has been brought up on occasion by parents and residents unable or unwilling to attend the Monday meetings that are held regularly every couple weeks (in some cases more or less).

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Education
2:45 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Kentucky Education Department: Midnight Meetings To Approve New Dropout Age Are Unnecessary

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The Kentucky Department of Education says many midnight meetings planned at area school districts on June 25 will not place them at the front of the line for a $10,000 grant.

KDE announced grants would be awarded to the first 57 school districts to approve a new minimum dropout age of 18. Under new state law, districts can choose to increase the dropout age from 16.  

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Education
6:00 am
Fri May 24, 2013

More Kentucky Students File for Financial Aid—Most Won't Get It

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Officials with the state agency overseeing state financial aid say funds ran out earlier than ever before and most Kentucky students who are eligible for the aid programs will not receive funding this year.

There was a 20 percent increase in financial aid submissions this year during the application period between January and the end of March, according to the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority. But more than 80,000 students needing far more than $130 million will get nothing from the state this year.

This equates to around two-thirds of applicants.

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Education
12:49 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Central High School Revitalizes Closed Pool

Louisville’s Central High School principal Daniel Withers did something Thursday morning that hasn’t been done at the school for over a decade.

He went for a swim.

When the pool closed in 2000 it was serving well over 1,000 people a month, according to Metro Parks, which last managed the pool. The pool is only the second JCPS pool—the other one is located at Shawnee High School—serving the estimated thousands of middle and high school swimmers in the district.

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Education
1:58 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

After Critical State Audit, Valley High School Principal Gary Hurt Demoted

Louisville’s Valley High School will replace Principal Gary Hurt next school year following a state audit that concluded he doesn’t have the ability to turn around the school.

Last month, a Kentucky Department of Education team was at Valley High conducting interviews and observing classes. 

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