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11:25 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

JCPS Suspends 10% Fewer Students, but More Information is Needed to Know What's Working

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Suspensions are down this year in Jefferson County Public Schools, but officials warn the district needs more proof before saying what works.

African American students make up the bulk of those suspensions (about two-thirds). But data presented to the school board Monday night suggests the group saw a decrease of around 10 percent in the first four months of this school year, which is on par with white students.

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Education
9:01 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Kentucky to Release Results of Kindergarten Readiness Screenings This Week

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The Kentucky Department of Education plans to release the results of its kindergarten readiness screeners this week, officials say.

The screeners test whether children entering kindergarten have the social, emotional and motor skills needed to be successful in school. They're becoming increasingly popular with states that give priority to early intervention in schools.

Last year, 109 Kentucky school districts and more than 30,000 students were screened using the Brigance screeners.

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Education
11:00 am
Sun January 26, 2014

Finalists to be IU Southeast Chancellor to Appear on Campus

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The four finalists to be the next chancellor of Indiana Southeast will chat in the next several days with students, faculty, staff and community members.

Following the finalists' visits to the New  Albany campus, the search committee will make recommendations to top Indiana University system administrators as to who should replace Sandra Patterson-Randles, who retired last year as IU Southeast's chancellor.

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Education
7:45 am
Sun January 26, 2014

7,000 Sign Up for University of Kentucky's First Massive Online Course

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It's too early to call the recent, widespread turn toward Massive Open Online Courses a success, but at schools like UK, online learning is growing.

Now, more than 7,000 students have signed up to begin taking chemistry though a new online pilot program at the University of Kentucky. The course is unique among MOOC programs because it's meant to prepare high school students for college level work, but anyone can sign up to take the class for free.

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Education
2:00 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Louisville Area College's Live Shooter Emegency Plans Rely on Awareness, Action and Social Media

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In December, Indiana University Southeast locked down its New Albany campus, sending out this Tweet: “IU Southeast Emergency! An armed person has been seen on campus. Go into nearest room and lock door. Follow instructions from authorities.”

In turns out, a student brought a prop BB gun onto campus for class, interim chancellor Barbara Bichelmeyer says.

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Education
7:00 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Eminence High Students Get Taste of College Life (and Credit) in Bellarmine University Partnership

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The number of Kentucky students taking college courses has increased in recent years and many high school schools have formed partnerships with colleges and universities to help bridge the gap between the levels of education.

But college readiness, which is a large part of Kentucky’s accountability system, is a hard thing to measure.

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Education
5:13 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Former Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson Among Four Finalist For Transylvania President

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Kentucky’s former Secretary of State Trey Grayson has been named one of four finalists for the president position at Transylvania University.

Grayson became director of  Harvard University’s Institute of Politics after losing to Rand Paul in the 2010 Republican U.S. Senate primary.

He and four other finalists will visit Transylvania at different times over the next week and a half beginning Sunday.

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Education
3:51 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

ACT Testing Company Investigating Louisville Male High School

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Officials with the Kentucky Department of Education confirm that the ACT testing company is investigating Jefferson County Public School's Male High School. 

The investigation is being led by ACT Compass, according to KDE spokeswoman Nancy Rodriguez. The Compass is not to be confused with the ACT college entrance exam that high school juniors take each year, though the exam can be used to measure college and career readiness or for local district assessments, says Rodriguez.

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Education
12:59 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Chart: The Times Weather Caused JCPS to Close Schools Since 1980

Third Street in downtown Louisville on Tuesday morning.
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Update March 4: Jefferson County Public Schools have now closed 11 times this school year. 

Jefferson County Public Schools (and many other Louisville area school districts) called off classes Tuesday even before snow really started falling.

It was a prescient decision—roads throughout the region became slick during the morning commute.

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Education
3:00 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

JCPS Competition to Design a School Getting Greater Than Expected Participation

School of the future according to the hit TV show The Jetsons.
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Officials with Jefferson County Public Schools anticipate they’ll get more proposals than expected for a competition to design a school.

It’s a good mix of applicants, says Jonathan Lowe, who heads the district’s School of Innovation Design Competition.  The winner will receive help from JCPS to see their dream school become a reality.

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