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4:32 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

The Next Louisville: Educators, JCPS Board Chair Discuss Urban Education

What do zoning laws, progressive teachers unions and community organizing all have in common? They were all part of the conversation today during a WFPL education news special.

Many urban school districts with large student populations perform lower than their peers. Graduation rates and state test scores are dismal in areas like Chicago and Detroit where around 90 percent of students are low-income.

In Jefferson County Public Schools test scores and graduation rates are regularly below the state average.

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Education
4:03 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

JCPS ACT Results Rank in Middle of Large Urban Peers

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While Jefferson County Public Schools’ ACT test scores have traditionally been lower than state and national averages, it ranks among the middle of its metropolitan peers.

Comparing local schools to schools across the nation can be difficult. Not all states use the same tests or metrics and even graduation rates could be calculated differently, although the U.S. Department of Education is changing that practice so all states follow each student until he or she graduates.

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Education
10:45 am
Mon March 4, 2013

WFPL News Special Today: Challenges of the Urban School District

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Jefferson County Public Schools is among the top 30 largest school districts in the nation. Its $1 billion budget is the largest in the state but its test scores are often some of the lowest in Kentucky.

JCPS is not the only large school district struggling. Many large metropolitan districts perform lower on standardized tests when compared to their state averages and graduation rates mirror that same trend.

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Education
10:00 am
Mon March 4, 2013

JCPS Discipline Code Up for Review, Dramatic Changes Unlikely

Changes to the Jefferson County Public Schools’ code of conduct for managing discipline are being considered this year, and officials say they will likely not budge on removing zero-tolerance policy language which research shows has been be ineffective.

However, school board member Linda Duncan--who is also a member of the committee considering changes--does say the new code will likely provide teachers and staff alternative ways to deal with trouble students, including adding restorative practice language.

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Education
6:38 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Jefferson County Teachers Union Pushes for Wiggle Room in Teacher Evaluations

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The Jefferson County Teachers Association says it wants more freedom to create its own teacher and principal evaluations, which are expected to be in place by the 2014-2015 school year. 

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Education
3:12 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

With Possible Buyout Program, U of L Hopes to Double Number of Departing Faculty, Staff

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University of Louisville officials say a buyout plan under consideration could lead to the retirement of twice as many faculty members this year.

The university is offering the buyout program—being called the Voluntary Separation Incentive Program—to save the school about $2.5 million.

But the program first needs participants or U of L will decide not to offer it. Eligible faculty and staff have until March 15 to decide whether they want to opt in. The program would then need approval by U of L’s board of trustees.

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Education
5:17 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Charter School Advocates Rally in Frankfort

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FRANKFORT — Supporters of charter schools in Kentucky rallied Thursday at the Capitol Rotunda as a bill in the General Assembly makes its way through the legislative process. 

“I feel like the education isn’t good and they’re just warehousing kids to be on the streets, sort of like a daycare for kids.  We not getting any education, and I feel like a charter school would help that,” said James Yarbrough, a student at a school classified by the state as low-achieving and one of the rally participants.

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Education
10:28 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Some Principals of Low-Performing JCPS Schools Can Stay, Kentucky Education Department Says

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Leaderships audits conducted for seven of Jefferson County Public Schools' 18 lowest-performing schools were presented to the district Wednesday and the results show principals in those schools have the capacity to continue leading their turnaround efforts.

The Kentucky Department of Education's leadership audits are performed every two years for the state's 41 "priority" schools, which are schools that have persistently performed at the lowest level statewide.

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Education
4:58 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Kentucky Joins States Tracking Individual Students' Graduation Stats

For the first time this year Kentucky will use a new formula to determine public school graduation rates, which officials say should provide schools and districts with better data to improve their support for student achievement.

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Education
9:26 am
Mon February 25, 2013

JCPS Developing Community Organization Database Called 'Louisville Linked'

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The plan to improve connections between Jefferson County Public Schools and local community organizations has received a positive response so far, Superintendent Donna Hargens days.

JCPS has been developing an initiative called Louisville Linked to connect students with community-based organizations that could work with them outside of school. The idea is to house data from the area’s CBOs that should help the district manage and grow the efforts of dozens of organizations looking to improve education.

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