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8:23 pm
Sat January 5, 2013

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

J. Blaine Hudson
Credit University of Louisville

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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Education
9:52 am
Fri January 4, 2013

U of L Students Moving Back Into Miller Hall Dorms After Being Displaced Due to Mold

University of Louisville students living in the Miller Hall dorms that were displaced last year after mold was discovered will move back into the dorms this weekend.

Last October around 270 freshman students were forced to relocate after mold spores were found in a 80 percent of dorm rooms. U of L officials said mold was also found in other complexes and would be treated appropriately.

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Education
12:21 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Jobs and Trainings: Kentuckiana Works' Director Michael Gritton Previews 2013

Officials with KentuckianaWorks say healthcare jobs remain in demand, but the organization will also prepare residents in the 13 county metropolitan statistical area (MSA) for an increase in construction work this year as the Ohio River Bridges Project gets underway in the spring.

KentuckianaWorks was created under federal law to administer job placement and training programs.

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Education
2:20 pm
Tue January 1, 2013

Congressman John Yarmuth Previews Spot on House Education and Workforce Committee

Credit U.S. Congress

Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth says reauthorizing the expired No Child Left Behind Act should be a priority of the incoming Congress.

But the law as it stands now would likely undergo significant reforms that follow what some states like Kentucky have already begun implementing.

Yarmuth was recently appointed to the  House Education and Workforce Committee, a position he held during his first years in office.

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Education
9:10 am
Tue January 1, 2013

WKU President Gary Ransdell: UPike Addition to Kentucky System Would Be Costly

Gary Ransdell
Credit Western Kentucky University

The president of Kentucky's third largest university said adding Pikeville University to the state system would be financially cumbersome for the state, although House Speaker Greg Stumbo says he won't personally support new funding for higher education until UPike is admitted.

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Education
9:00 am
Tue January 1, 2013

Kentucky Ed. Commissioner Terry Holliday: Pension Reform Likely Legislative Focus

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says despite a legislative session next year that’s likely to focus on pension reform, he expects some key education initiatives to be brought up, discussed and even passed.

According to recommendations from a task force, the state needs to allocate nearly $300 million to honor its pension obligations, which would likely take money away from several other departments.

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Education
10:00 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Education Department Won't Support Proposal Holding Back Third Graders Who Can't Read

Joni Jenkins
Credit Legislative Research Commission

Rep. Joni Jenkins, D-44, is crafting legislation that could hold back third grade students who aren’t at reading level, but Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says the department won’t support it.

Jenkins acknowledges the bill may not be popular, saying some educators argue it’s traumatic to hold back students and the cost of interventions built into the law could be burdensome.   

“I think the school systems are going to say, yeah that’s great but who is going to pay for interventions,” Jenkins told WFPL.

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Education
4:08 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Education Commissioner Terry Holliday Disagrees with NRA

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says he disagrees with the National Rifle Association’s aggressive response to the Newtown, Connecticut shootings.

NRA officials made their first formal comments Friday following last week’s school shooting that left 26 dead.

During the no-questions press conference, officials listed movies and video games they believe contribute to school violence. Officials called on a task force to create a model program that would include training and arming guards who could protect school children.

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Education
12:32 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Rumors and Fragile Emotions Lead to Jeffersonville High Student Arrest for Alleged Threats

Jeffersonville High School
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In the wake of the Newtown, Conn., shootings last week, a few reports have surfaced in Kentucky and now in southern Indiana regarding allegations of student threats.

On Tuesday, police arrested a Jeffersonville High School student after investigating a rumor circulating around the school system, said Greater Clark County Schools officials.

The following are excerpts from a statement released by GCCS.

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Education
12:19 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Beshear Signs Executive Order Creating Education Data Center

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Gov. Steve Beshear has signed an executive order to create the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics, which officials say solidifies his commitment to data gathering across various agencies.

The center will replace and build upon Kentucky’s P-20 Collaborative, which has kept similar information related to education and beyond. This includes linking high school and college data and the center may eventually help determine if schools are meeting the state’s workforce demands.

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