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Education
5:02 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

CLOUT Urges JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens To Replace Zero Tolerance Policy

Community leaders advocating for restorative practices in Jefferson County Public Schools are urging Superintendent Donna Hargens to support pilot programs in schools that have expressed an interest.

Citizens of Louisville Organized and United Together, or CLOUT, hosted a seminar at Spalding University on Monday with over 30 community leaders including six JCPS principals. The group discussed how Louisville could implement restorative practices in schools and the community.

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Education
10:39 am
Mon December 17, 2012

J. Blaine Hudson Steps Down as University of Louisville Dean

J. Blaine Hudson
Credit University of Louisville

J. Blaine Hudson is resigning  at the end December as dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Louisville, a post he's held since 2004.

Hudson took a leave of absence in August for medical reasons. He told faculty then in an e-mail that he'd had cranial surgery but his prognosis was positive.

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Education
8:17 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Kentucky Education Restraint and Seclusion Policy Proposal Moves Toward Approval

On the map above, the red hearts represent those counties where P&A has investigated allegations of the abuse or misuse of restraint or seclusion. The blue hearts represent counties in which a parent or teacher has reported an allegation of the abuse or misuse of restraint and seclusion, but where P&A has not investigated those allegations.
Credit Courtesy of Kentucky Protection and Advocacy

The Kentucky Department of Education’s new restraint and seclusion policy proposal is in the final stages of approval this week and will go before the state’s Administrative Regulatory Review Committee Monday.

Kentucky is one of several states that don’t have a law regulating restraint and seclusion for misbehaving students. Instead, the Kentucky Board of Education sets the governing policies, but the department has acknowledged changes to the regulations are needed.

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Education
12:46 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

U of L's First African American Bioengineering Master's Student Among 1,500 Graduates

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About 875 University of Louisville students are expected to walk Thursday evening in the school’s winter commencement ceremony -- among them is the school’s first African-American student to earn a master’s degree in bioengineering.

Britt Faulkner says she grew up in a single parent household. When electronics needed to be fixed, she was often the one giving it a try. So, she says bioengineering was a natural fit. But the program was challenging.

“I’ve wanted to change majors a million times probably.”

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Education
1:27 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

JCPS Sets Up Hotline to Answer Questions on New Test Results

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Jefferson County Public Schools is opening a hotline Wednesday and Thursday nights to answer questions parents and families may have regarding state test results that have been mailed.

The number to call between 5 to 7 pm is 485-7190.

Officials say experts will be on hand to answer questions about testing and the reporting itself. You can also get a tutorial here.

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Education
11:43 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Bennett Named Florida Education Commissioner

From tonybennett2012.com

Indiana's recently ousted state school superintendent is Florida's new education commissioner.

The State Board of Education selected Tony Bennett, a Republican who lost a bid for re-election in Indiana last month, today in Tampa.

The board picked Bennett from a slate of three finalists.

The others were Murray State University President Randy Dunn, who once served as state superintendent in Illinois, and Arlington, Va., education consultant Charles Hokanson, a former deputy assistant U.S. secretary of education in President George W. Bush's administration.

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Education
3:32 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Central Kentucky Education Co-op Wins $40 Million in Race to the Top Funds

An education co-op representing 23 central Kentucky school districts has won $40 million in race to the Top grant funding.

The Kentucky Department of Education won $17 million in funding last year, but this is the first time the U.S. Department of Education has made Race to the Top grants available to school districts.

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Education
2:41 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Disabilities Protection Agency Partners With Prichard's Parent Leadership Institute

Kentucky Protection and Advocacy has asked the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence to include special education information for participants in next year’s parent leadership institutes.

KPA is a federally mandated state agency that protects persons with disabilities. KPA attorney Leslie Jones says the agency spends a lot of time working with students.

Now, KPA wants to add an element to Prichard’s program that has been newly named the Governor’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership.

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Education
12:15 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Kindergarten Enrollment Increases After Indiana Doubles Funding

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The Indiana Department of Education will send nearly $190 million to school districts across the state this week to help fund full-day kindergarten programs, which have seen a nearly 20 percent increase in enrollment this school year.

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Education
6:11 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Charter School Group Rallies For Improved Minority Achievement

A coalition supporting charter school legislation rallied before the Jefferson County Board of Education meeting Monday night and released a second report focusing on achievement gaps in the district.

The group is calling itself the Community/Parental Choice Coalition and includes members of the Black Alliance of Educational Opportunities (BAEO). Also rallying with the group was the conservative-leaning policy group Bluegrass Institute, which released a report being used to support charter school legislation.

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