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3:55 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Indiana Education Panel Hears Cursive Writing Bill

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A bill that would require Indiana school districts to teach cursive writing was the focus of a legislative hearing today

In 2011, the Indiana Department of Education dropped its requirement that schools include cursive writing in their curricula, telling them that students are expected to become proficient in keyboard use.

Republican state Sen. Jean Leising says that’s troubling.

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Education
3:29 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Police, JCPS Say Prevention and Participation Are Key to School Safety

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In the wake of last year’s mass killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., school safety has been a resounding issue in many communities. 

Kentuckiana school districts are among them and while some schools have improved school security, local leaders say the effort will require community involvement.

On December 14, 20-year-old Adam Lanza went on a killing spree leaving 20 students and six adults dead. Since then state and congressional lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have been pressured to reconsider gun laws.

But how has been up for debate.

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Education
2:43 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Harry Wu, Former Chinese Political Prisoner, to Discuss U.S.-China Relations in Louisville

Harry Wu
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Harry Wu, a former Chinese political prisoner and later a human rights activist, will discuss U.S.-China relations on Jan. 23 at the Brown & Williamson Club at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

The speech, called "In the Mouth of the Dragon: U.S. and China Relations in the 21st Century," is sponsored by the UofL Center for Asian Democracy.

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Education
5:18 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Report Cites Kentucky for Lacking Parent Empowerment, Charter Schools

A new report has been released by education lobbying group StudentsFirst ranking Kentucky low for its education policies.

Despite receiving a D- grade, some educators say the commonwealth is in the middle of its education reforms that aren’t considered by the report.

StudentsFirst was formed in 2010 and is led by former D.C .public school chancellor Michelle Rhee, who was both praised and criticized for major reforms she undertook.

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Education
1:20 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Advocates Support Toned-Down Kentucky Charter School Law

A charter school bill has been filed in the Kentucky House and supporters hope the less aggressive approach will help get it passed this year.

Rep. Brad Montell, R-Shelbyville , crafted the law with help from the Kentucky Charter School Project. It’s a coalition including several organizations that have argued for charter schools the past couple years.

Spokesman Joe Burgan says the bill attempts to appease opposition in the General Assembly by offering a trial run first.

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Education
12:03 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Indiana Legislative Panel Sets Hearing on Cursive Writing Bill

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Indiana lawmakers are again considering a push to require the teaching of cursive writing by the state's schools.

The issue first came up after the state Department of Education in 2011 dropped cursive writing as a required part of the school curriculum and told school districts that it expected students to become proficient in keyboard use.

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Education
10:35 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Welcome to The Next Louisville Education Project

It has begun. A year-long effort to report on issues related to public education in the community. We're calling it "The Next Louisville."

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The project includes more personal features, lengthy discussions, more context and as much data as the ear (and eye for the Web) can take.

Community Participation

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Education
9:05 am
Mon January 7, 2013

New JCPS Board Members Finish Training Before Taking Oath

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Newly elected Jefferson County School Board members will finish training this week before taking office on Jan. 14.

Chris Brady will replace Larry Hujo in District 7, David Jones Jr. will replace Steve Imhoff in District 2 and Chuck Haddaway will replace Joe Hardesty in District 4.

The three seasoned outgoing board members have all told WFPL they feel comfortable with their replacements and with leaving the district in the hands of Superintendent Donna Hargens, who was hired in 2011.

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Education
12:33 pm
Sun January 6, 2013

Final Week to Apply for JCPS School Choices

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Jefferson County families have one week to apply for their top public school choices for next school year and the district is opening some offices with extended hours this week to help complete the process.

“Parents that will be able to get their applications in by the Jan. 11 deadline will have a much greater opportunity to get the choices that they want and so that’s why we encourage parents to meet that deadline and not put it off any longer than they need to,” said JCPS spokesman Ben Jackey.

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Education
8:23 pm
Sat January 5, 2013

J. Blaine Hudson, Longtime U of L Educator, Dies

J. Blaine Hudson
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J. Blaine Hudson, a longtime University of Louisville educator and leading voice in the city's African-American community, died on Saturday.

He was 63.

In the past year, Hudson took a prominent role as the chairman of a work group assembled by Mayor Greg Fischer that was assigned to suggest ways to reduce violence in Louisville following the daytime shooting that left three dead in May in Parkland.

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