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1:14 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

JCPS Participates in Financial Aid Program to Increase FAFSA Completions

In Kentucky, the state's financial aid runs out early.

As College Application Week wraps up, the next step for many students will be to fill out and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.

This year, Jefferson County Public Schools is part of nearly 80 districts nationwide, which are piloting a U.S. Department of Education and Federal Student Aid office initiative to assist students in FAFSA completion.

Around 70 percent of JCPS seniors complete a FAFSA each year, but some applications are found deficient, according to JCPS officials.

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Education
9:16 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Louisville Doesn't Do Good Enough Job Tracking Vacant Properties, Report Says

Residents and volunteers spent three months in Smoketown mapping neighborhood data.

The Metropolitan Housing Coalition will release its annual housing report Thursday, the same day Network Center for Community Change—or NC3—will hold a public meeting in Smoketown, addressing a key criticism of vacant property highlighted in the report.

For the past few months, residents and NC3 volunteers have been walking the Smoketown neighborhood and taking notes on vacant properties. The group similarly mapped the Shawnee neighborhood earlier this year.

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Education
9:00 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Finnish Author Pasi Sahlberg Receives 2013 Grawemeyer in Education

Pasi Sahlberg says Finland's education reforms didn't happen over night.

A Finnish author and education reformer has won the University of Louisville's 2013 Grawemeyer Award for education.

Pasi Sahlberg directs Finland’s Centre for International Mobility and Cooperation and is also author of "Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland?"

The book explains how reforms that began in the 1970s led to the current success the public school system is experiencing. Finland was once poorly ranked educationally and had large inequalities among its students.

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Education
1:28 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Task Force Concludes Work to Improve Middle School Athletics

Credit ihup.edu

The Kentucky Board of Education will soon reconsider its policies governing middle school athletics following final recommendations crafted this week by a legislative task force.

The 17-member team was formed this year to recommend ways KDE can provide better oversight regarding the health and safety of Kentucky’s middle school athletes.

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Education
10:21 am
Tue November 27, 2012

JCPS Board Passes Smoking Ban to Begin July 2013

Credit Challiyil Eswaramangalath Vipin/Wikimedia Commons

The Jefferson County Board of Education has unanimously voted to implement a district-wide smoking ban for all employees on campus or at school events beginning July 2013.

The board considered the policy change at Monday night’s meeting, hearing from JCPS staff, students and a health policy professor from Bellarmine University.

The board originally considered a proposal to implement the ban in the 2014-2015 school year, but in Monday’s meeting it was changed to begin next year.

“We don’t need to delay this another year,” said board member Linda Duncan

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Education
9:45 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Mixed Results in 55,000 Degrees Progress Report

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Louisville’s 55,000 Degrees initiative—which aims to dramatically increase the number of degrees in Jefferson County by the year 2020—has released its second annual progress report and the results are mixed.

The 55,000 Degrees initiative—created in 2010—is a public-private partnership chaired by Mayor Greg Fischer. The results of last year’s progress report showed the city was improving in the number of working-age adults between 25 to 64 years-old who earned an associates degree or higher.

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Education
9:42 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Read | 2012 55,000 Degrees Progress Report

Louisville's 55K Degrees Initiative -- which aims to increase the number of college-degree holders in Louisville -- is releasing today its second annual progress report. Read the report here:

Education
10:01 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Study of Nonviolent Resistance Receives Grawemeyer Prize

Erica Chenoweth

A study of the effectiveness of non-violent civil resistance is being honored with the University of Louisville’s 2013 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order.

University of Denver Professor Erica Chenoweth and Maria Stephan, a U.S. State Department foreign affairs officer, went back more than 100 years for data on all known uprisings involving more than 1,000 people that related to a country’s secession, overthrow of a dictatorship or removal of a foreign occupation.

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Education
2:33 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

U of L Extends College Prep Program in JCPS

James Ramsey, president of the University of Louisville
Credit University of Louisville

University of Louisville officials have announced it will extend its "Upward Bound" college prep program to three more Jefferson County public high schools.

U of L will receive two federal grants totaling $3.3 million to serve some 160 high school students over the next five years.

Over the last decade, U of L president James Ramsey says nearly 85 percent of students participating in the Upward Bound program have graduated college.

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Education
8:00 am
Sat November 24, 2012

55,000 Degrees Report Released Tuesday: Louisville Needs to Play Catch Up

Louisville’s 55,000 Degrees initiative will release its second annual progress report Tuesday, and officials say there has been a slight decline in overall education attainment.

The education initiative chaired by Mayor Greg Fischer was created to increase the number of degrees earned by Louisville residents and to promote a college-going culture.

Executive Director Mary Gwen Wheeler says there is some progress in the latest report but not at the rate necessary to reach the group’s 55,000 degree goal by the year 2020.

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