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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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Education
9:24 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Eastern Kentucky School District Considers Arming Principals

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MCKEE, Ky. — An eastern Kentucky school district is considering a proposal to deputize and arm principals for added safety.

WYMT-TV reported that Jackson County Public Schools released a statement saying officials are reviewing the proposal, consulting with the district's attorney and its insurance carrier.

The suggestion came last month from Jackson County Sheriff Denny Payman, who said he could train and deputize principals. He says if an intruder entered a school, he and his deputies couldn't get there before somebody got hurt.

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Education
5:08 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

After Christian Group Meeting, JCPS Principals Reminded to Remain 'Neutral' on Religion

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Jefferson County Public School Superintendent Donna Hargens sent a memo to all principals reminding them that district employees must remain neutral when discussing religion in school.

Last week, the group Louisville Area Christian Educators, or LACES, held an evening meeting at a district facility where a JCPS principal reportedly discussed ways religion could be introduced to students. Some have raised concerns with the group’s use of a public school facility to deliver their message.

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Education
4:30 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Kentuckians Use In-State Tuition Agreement More Than Hoosiers

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More Kentucky students attend Indiana colleges and universities where they can get in-state tuition than the other way around.

Kentucky and Indiana officials have announced that they're extending the agreement that allows students to pay in-state tuition at certain colleges and universities across the Ohio River. The extension was approved by the two states' higher education agencies as its expiration date approached this summer.

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Education
11:34 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

CLOUT Group Pushes JCPS to Change Disciplinary Policy for Students

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Several members of the Louisville faith-based group Citizens of Louisville Organized and United Together, or CLOUT, are continuing their push for changes to Jefferson County Public Schools' discipline policy.  

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Education
6:27 am
Mon May 13, 2013

JCPS Suspensions Down; Struggle for African-American Students Continues

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Overall suspensions are down in Jefferson County Public Schools this academic year, but the district is still struggling with one major at-risk student group.

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Education
4:41 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Spalding University Announces New Third Street Republic Bank Academic Center

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Officials with Spalding University have announced plans to expand the campus after purchasing the Cosmopolitan Building in downtown Louisville.

Once renovations are complete the building will be renamed the Republic Bank Academic Center.

Spalding president Tori Murden McClure says the bank met the school nearly halfway to help pay the $700,000 purchase cost.

“We couldn’t afford the full purchase price and they helped us out and we’re going to turn it into a 40,000 square foot classroom, laboratory and office complex," she says.

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Education
2:47 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Jefferson County Teachers Association Wants More Say In School Improvement Efforts

The Jefferson County Teachers Association is trying to increase its role in turning around the school district’s lowest achieving schools and has laid out steps to improve collaboration between the union and Jefferson County Public Schools.

This week, JCTA president Brent McKim sent an email to JCPS superintendent Donna Hargens, in which he discussed 11 ways the union and JCPS could begin working together to improve turnaround efforts at the district’s 18 priority schools (see below).

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Education
11:38 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Listen: Who Are Louisville's At-Risk Students and How Are They Served?

The public forum was held at the Iroquois Public Library.

Many Louisville students are labeled "at-risk"—some because of family education, health history or income levels.How are these students tracked, served and assured the opportunity to succeed?

WFPL Education Reporter Devin Katayama is joined by the following guests to discuss those questions. 

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Education
1:13 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

JCPS Among 17 Districts Applying For District of Innovation Status

School of the future, according to the hit children's show The Jetsons.
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Jefferson County Public Schools is interested in developing online mentors, teacher collaboration that emulates "successful characteristics of charter schools" and more 24/7 resources if it becomes a District of Innovation.

JCPS is one of 17 school districts in Kentucky applying for "District of Innovation" status under a new state law that allows districts to waive certain Kentucky Department of Education regulations and local board policies to improve student achievement.

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