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7:55 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Stories of Dropping Out: 'I Felt Like There Wasn’t Any Use to Keep Coming to School'

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Pierre Travis, 23, has lived in Louisville's West End his whole life.

Like other youth we interviewed for our series featuring students who at some point dropped out of the public school system, Travis attended several Jefferson County public schools. 

Travis says after being suspended sophomore year he was sent to Buechel Metropolitan High School, one of the district's several alternative schools. Here, he cycled in and out of the system over the next three years and ultimately left Buechel after being arrested for threatening a teacher, he says.

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Education
4:05 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

UK Approves Smallest Tuition Increase Since 1997

Tuition, fees, and on-campus housing rates are on the rise at the University of Kentucky.

In-state students at UK will see tuition and fees increase by 3 percent beginning next academic year. Out-of-state students will pay 6 percent more. 

President Eli Capilouto characterized the increase as ‘modest,’ noting that it’s the lowest annual percentage increase at UK since 1997. 

“It was a commitment we made when we went through our budget planning beginning twelve months ago.  We thought the principle of access and affordability should be respected," he said.

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Education
2:39 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Funding for Higher Education Lags Since Recession, Report Says

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Kentucky follows the national trend of allocating less funding for higher education since the recession, according to the latest education report from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities.

The report released Tuesday says Kentucky has cut higher education since 2008 by 26 percent—or $2,663 per student—when adjusted for inflation. That’s only slightly better than the national average of 28 percent, the report says.

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Education
9:06 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Kentucky Releases Alternative School Data, Assessing Schools Remains Challenging

The Kentucky Department of Education has released minimal data on some of the state’s alternative schools for the first time publicly, but officials say it’s still difficult to determine whether a program is successful.

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Education
5:13 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Kentucky Auditor, Education Commissioner Urge Transparency in Superintendent Contracts

Adam Edelen
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School superintendent contracts, benefit packages and evaluations would be available to the public online under recommendations supported by Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday and state Auditor Adam Edelen.

Edelen’s office has uncovered abuse of power at multiple school districts in recent months.

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Education
7:08 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Stories of Dropping Out: 'I Was Learning to Handle Things My Own Way'

Steven Gholston says he didn't feel like he fit in to any social group in school.
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Twenty-three-year-old Steven Gholston was born in Louisville’s South End but moved all over Jefferson County, even spending time in Cincinnati and Georgia. He says constantly being on the move was difficult.

Gholston says he attended over half a dozen Jefferson County Public Schools before dropping out. 

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Education
3:06 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

JCPS Supports Raising Dropout Age to 18, School Board Requests Quick Action

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Jefferson County Public Schools officials support raising the district’s dropout age to 18 and they want to move forward with approval soon.

Currently, students can drop out of school at age 16 with parental permission. But the General Assembly has passed legislation that would give local school districts the option to change that.

It's a decision JCPS has openly supported on its legislative agenda for the past two years, says Superintendent Donna Hargens.

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Education
7:33 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Louisville Ethics Commission Recommends Actions This Week for Councilwoman Shanklin's Case

Shanklin attorney Aubrey Williams addresses the Louisville Ethics Commission at last year's hearing.

The Louisville Metro Ethics Commission is expected to release its recommendations in the case against Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin as early as this Thursday.

Shanklin has been accused of using her position on the council to benefit relatives and in some cases signed checks for family members. There are five provisions of the city’s ethics code that Shanklin has been accused of violating.

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Education
7:03 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Greater Clark Schools Says Buy Outs Will Help Budget

Twenty-nine educators and staff have accepted terms of an early retirement package to save Greater Clark County Schools money next school year.

Superintendent Andrew Melin says the school district wants to make up to $3 million in reductions in its roughly $70 million general fund and the buy outs will bring them closer to that number.

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Education
12:00 pm
Sun March 10, 2013

Author Ron Berler Spends a Year Inside a Failing School

We hear a lot about failing and persistently low achieving public schools in Louisville. But schools like this exist across the state and across the country.

Author Ron Berler spent a year inside Brookside Elementary School in Norwalk, Connecticut. He tells his story in his new book “Raising the Curve: A Year Inside one of America’s 45,000 Failing Public Schools.”

As part of The Next Louisville education project WFPL’s Devin Katayama spoke with Berler.

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