8:29 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Court Rules in Favor of Defunct Decker College, Again

A federal court has affirmed a bankruptcy court’s ruling this year in favor of a for-profit college that was forced to close after losing its accreditation and federal funding.

The U.S. Department of Education pulled student aid from Louisville’s Decker College in 2005, after the Council on Occupational Education said Decker didn’t accurately report that it offered several of its courses through distant or online learning.

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7:00 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Camp to Teach High School Kids How to Turn Ideas Into Businesses

A new state program will advise young entrepreneurs on how they can turn a bright idea into a business plan. In June, 50 high school students will learn more about innovation and creative thinking at Georgetown College.

Liz Knapp, of the Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation, said she believes some of the ideas will later morph into profit-making products.

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3:30 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Kentucky Education Department Wants Legislators to Try Again to Raise Dropout Age

duPont Manual High School
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Changing the high school dropout age from 16 to 18 is a legislative priority once again for the Kentucky Board of Education. During the board's regular meeting Wednesday, board members approved a legislative agenda for the upcoming session that starts in January.

Previous attempts to change the dropout age have been unsuccessful because of questions about how alternative education programs to help at-risk students would be funded.

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2:46 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Indiana School Board Approves Changes to Teacher Licensing Rules

Incoming Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz/Photo from

The Indiana Board of Education has approved changes to Indiana's teacher licensing requirements despite arguments from opponents that the new rules could hurt the quality of classroom instruction.

The board voted in favor of the rules changes supported by outgoing Republican state schools superintendent Tony Bennett. Incoming superintendent Glenda Ritz, a Democrat, had asked the board to delay action until after she takes office next month.

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11:43 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Kentucky Education Department Spokeswoman Lisa Gross Announces Retirement

Lisa Gross earned the 2012 Kevin M. Noland Award recognizing significant service to Kentucky’s public schools and for providing inspiration for education.

The longtime spokeswoman for the Kentucky Department of Education is retiring.

Members of the Board of Education gave Lisa Gross a standing ovation Wednesday at their meeting in Frankfort.

Board chairman David Karem said Gross, whose title is director of the division of communications, has been with the department for 27 years.

Her last day will be Dec. 19.

Karem praised Gross for her years of helping the board of education get its message out to the public.

A replacement was not announced.

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11:01 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Centre College Makes U.S. News List for "Most Loved Schools"

Schools that receive funding from the largest percentage of alumni, based on a two-year average.

A report released this week by the U.S. News Short List include Centre College in the top 10 colleges with the highest percentage of college graduates that financially support their alma maters.

Centre College is seventh on the list that is “dominated by National Liberal Arts Colleges,” which emphasize undergraduate education and award at least half of their degrees in the liberal arts fields of study, according to U.S. News.

From the U.S. News post:

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7:55 am
Wed December 5, 2012

For-Profit Schools Under Fire For Targeting Veterans

Iraq war veteran Paul Rieckhoff (right), with Democratic Sens. Mark Begich of Alaska, Daniel Akaka of Hawaii and Patty Murray of Washington, introduces the GI benefit watchdog bill in Washington. Some lawmakers say for-profit schools are taking advantage of veterans and their educational benefits.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

Originally published on Tue April 10, 2012 1:27 pm

Hundreds of thousands of veterans have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan in recent years, eager to get an education under the new post-Sept. 11 GI Bill.

Many vets looking for a school find they are inundated by sales pitches from institutions hungry for their government benefits. Now, lawmakers are looking for ways to protect vets without narrowing their education choices.

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12:15 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Indiana Lawmaker Proposes "Truth In Education" Measure

The lead sponsor of last year's effort to allow the teaching of creationism in Indiana schools is altering his efforts this year in favor of a so-called "truth in education" measure.

Senate Education Committee chairman Dennis Kruse says the proposal would encourage students to question a broad range of topics in the classroom. Lawmakers approved such a measure over the governor's objections in Tennessee, where that has translated into questioning evolution.

Kruse led an effort during the 2012 session to allow teaching of creationism in Indiana's public schools.

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12:44 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

JCPS to Mail Individual Student Accountability Data This Week

Third Grade Math Problem Solving: The following sample items are offered to show educators the format and appearance of the test content students will see in test booklets in 2012 for the norm-referenced portion of the Kentucky State Assessment.
Kentucky Department of Education website

Many Jefferson County Public Schools families will be mailed their child’s test results under the state’s new Unbridled Learning accountability model later this week.

Officials are reminding parents under the new system their student’s achievement indicators may be lower than before, but the report will paint a more comprehensive picture of how prepared a student is for college or career.

Click here to see school and district level report cards.

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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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