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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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Education
8:35 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Listen | WFPL News Special on Changing School Culture and Giving Students Positive Support

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While Jefferson County Public Schools has improved its suspension record this year, the district of more than 100,000 students still struggles with the fact that a disproportionate number of minority students are suspended.

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Education
6:12 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Bullitt County Middle School Gets Results With Different Discipline Approach

Bullitt Lick Middle School principal Robert Fulk says he's been able to reduce suspensions by 70 percent so far this school year using PBIS.

Seventh grader Charlie Cross sometimes gets frustrated with learning.

“If I don’t know what to do, I’ll raise my hand and they’ll go to other kids and then my hand will get tired so I’ll put it down and I just lay my head down on the desk,” he says.

Cross has been sent to the principal’s office for things like this before. He's also been sent to the district’s alternative school.

He’s not alone.

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Education
5:16 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Kentucky Releases Preliminary Report on College Degrees, Showing Stagnant Results

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More than 61,000 students are estimated to receive a degree or credential from one of Kentucky’s public and independent colleges and universities in 2013—slightly fewer than the year before, according to Kentucky's Council on Postsecondary Education.

The CPE released its preliminary degrees report Thursday, you can find it here.

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Education
1:06 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Funding Cuts, Changing Needs Blamed for 41 JCPS Teacher Layoffs

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Jefferson County Public Schools will lay off 41 teachers next school year, half of whom teach special education. 

JCPS officials say state budget and federal sequester cuts are partly the reason for the layoffs, but they also say fewer students are using special education services. 

The state required school districts to submit their layoff lists on May 15.

JCPS' list included 20 Exceptional Child Education (special education) teachers, 11 English teachers, seven physical education teachers and one art teacher. 

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Education
1:32 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Kentucky Adult Education Offering Free GED Testing

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Over the next few weeks, the state is offering free GED testing to eligible Kentucky residents .

The GED Testing Service hasn’t updated the high school equivalency exam in nearly a decade. Beginning in January 2014, the new test will be more closely aligned with the common core standards many states have already adopted. The testing fee will also double to $120.

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Education
11:23 am
Wed May 15, 2013

In-State Tuition Agreement Means More Cash, Students for Indiana Colleges

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Following up with yesterday's story on the reciprocity agreement between Indiana and Kentucky, the Council on Postsecondary Education has provided estimated gross tuition comparisons for how the two states fare in the agreement.

A reciprocity agreement allows students living closer to an out-of-state institution a chance to attend that school for the in-state student cost. Colleges and universities can choose whether to participate in Kentucky.

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