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Education
2:04 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Kentucky Education Commissioner Provides Districts Incentives to Raise Dropout Age

Education Commissioner Terry Holliday supports raising the dropout age from 16 to 18.
Credit The Kentucky Department of Education

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday is giving school districts an extra incentive to increase the dropout age to 18.

Under a law passed this year, school districts may voluntary decide to increase the dropout age from 16 to 18. If 55 percent of Kentucky’s school districts adopt the policy, all districts must follow within four years.

The Kentucky Board of Education approved a resolution Wednesday urging school districts to approve a policy change.

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Education
10:04 am
Wed April 10, 2013

A Conversation with Education Grawemeyer Award Winner Pasi Sahlberg

In Finland, children don't have to begin school until age 7.

High school is optional and the public education system--which is free and includes higher education-- includes wrap around services like free healthcare and access to healthy meals.

This is the Finnish way. 

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Education
2:09 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Eastern Kentucky University Chooses New President

Benson
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Michael Benson will be the next president of Eastern Kentucky University.

Benson, currently head of Southern Utah University, was chosen Friday after a closed-door session of the EKU Board of Regents.

Benson takes over an institution with shrinking enrollment, that’s undergone dramatic budget cuts and staff reductions.

Board of Regents Chairman Craig Turner says the new president can now be the good cop and help heal staff morale.

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Education
4:48 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

ACLU to Schools: Stop Letting Groups Hand Out Bibles to Students

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The ACLU of Kentucky is calling on school districts to disclose their practices for letting groups  distribute literature to students during school hours.

Spokeswoman Amber Duke says the ACLU request follows multiple complaints by parents over the past few years in Kentucky. Most recently the superintendent of Logan County Schools has admitted allowing Gideon International to distribute Bibles, saying it was a long-time tradition.

Duke says in the past, the ACLU has dealt with schools individually.

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Education
4:44 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Indiana House Committee Passes Bill Mandating Guns in Schools

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Indiana could become one of the first states to require an armed official in every public school in the state.

Indiana’s House Education Committee has amended and passed a bill—Senate Bill 1—that would require public schools to hire and train a school official to protect students with a firearm, but some lawmakers say the bill is too vague and would not benefit students.

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Education
3:55 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

'eLearning Olympics' Encourages Using Interactive Online Programs

A community organization is trying to increase interest in a Jefferson County Public Schools initiative to help students struggling in class.

The program developed by Louisville Central Community Centers is being called eLearn Olympics.

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Education
11:52 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Murray State President Responds to Controversy Over Open Meetings

Randy Dunn
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MURRAY, Ky. — Murray State President Randy Dunn says he supports investigating the possibility that the school's board of regents violated the state's Open Meetings Law during a gathering the night before they voted not to renew his contract.

The Murray Ledger & Times reports Dunn's comments in the university's newsletter are the most detailed statements he has made since the board of regents' vote on March 15.

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Education
5:08 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

JCPS Alerts Teachers of Potential Job Cuts to Early Childhood Educators

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The federal sequestration may lead to cuts to early childhood education staff in Jefferson County Public Schools.

The Jefferson County Teachers Association confirms that JCPS alerted principals last week that up to 100 early childhood educators could be cut, though district officials say it's still too early to tell.

A teacher told the union her principal and a JCPS official informed staff that cuts could be possible, says JCTA deputy executive director James Hughley who later confirmed the JCPS email sent to principals.

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Education
8:32 am
Mon April 1, 2013

JCPS Developing 'Score Cards' to Close Equity Gaps

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Jefferson County Public Schools is developing a new initiative aimed at specific student groups to ensure the right resources are going to the right students.

Officials are working with community leaders to develop Equity Score Cards, which will consider trends and data related to gender, disability, race, and geographic regions.  

Eventually, the idea is to provide each school with recommendations and ways to close equity gaps among various groups of students that are struggling, says JCPS assistant superintendent John Marshall.

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Education
7:00 am
Sun March 31, 2013

Why Louisville Students Drop Out of School, Told First Hand

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Over the past month, WFPL has aired personal narratives from young adults who dropped out of the public school system. 

The series is part of The Next Louisville education project and attempts to shed light on the stories behind the statistics and data media often report. 

The conversations below show the complexity of student lives and why people often associate education within the context of a community. Please take a moment to listen to or share the stories below.

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