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Education
5:01 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Ramsey Says U of L Growing, But Laments Drop In Government Support

University of Louisville President James Ramsey says his institution and higher education in general face an uncertain future as long as government funding continues to be slashed.

Ramsey delivered his annual State of the University address today.

He says while U of L has seen growth over the past year at its Belknap, Shelby and Health Sciences campuses, there have been some setbacks, including another cut in state funding that forced a tuition increase.

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Education
5:22 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

UK's Capilouto Gets Good Marks, But No Bonus

University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto has received a mostly positive review after a year on the job but won't receive a performance bonus. That word was made official by UK Board of Trustees Chair Britt Brockman.

"We decided that he deserved a bonus for extraordinary performance. However, based upon the economy and discussions with the president, we both decided, mutually, that we wouldn’t award the bonus. And I think that speaks volumes to his personality and his character as well,"  Brockman said today.

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Education
1:34 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Daniels Meeting With Purdue University Faculty

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is spending two days on the Purdue University campus this week meeting with faculty members ahead of becoming the school's president in January.

Daniels is taking part in forums through Wednesday on the West Lafayette campus with professors and others from eight of Purdue's colleges. Meetings with other colleges are planned for October, according to the West Lafayette Journal and Courier.

Education
11:16 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Measuring Student Achievement in Superintendent Evaluation Could Be a Challenge

Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons user Hidrafil

The Jefferson County Board of Education has approved the performance objectives for Superintendent Donna Hargens’s evaluation, but measuring student performance may still be a challenge.

The board approved the criteria at Monday night's board meeting. It measures three major performance objectives, including implementation of the new strategic plan, continuation assessing and organizing management and improving student achievement.

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Education
12:54 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Ky Lawmaker Considers Holding Back 3rd Graders Who Can't Read

Children Not Graduating from High School by Age 19, by Poverty Experience and Reading Proficiency.
From "Double Jeopardy" authored by Donald Hernandez

A Kentucky lawmaker is considering introducing legislation that would hold back third-graders who don’t meet the benchmark for reading. 

That’s the grade by which some experts have decided reading needs to be mastered.

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Education
1:32 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

JCPS Interested in Local "Race to the Top" Grant

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Jefferson County Public Schools is one of 893 districts that have announced an intent to apply for new federal “Race to the Top” funding.

Kentucky applied for the federal government's competitive Race to the Top grants before, and last year the commonwealth received around $17 million after losing the larger grant it applied for.

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Education
1:17 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Teachers Union Could Spend Big on JCPS Board Endorsements

The Jefferson County Teachers Association is prepared to fund campaigns for three candidates it recently endorsed for open school board seats, but union officials have not yet determined how much they may invest.

In previous races JCTA has pumped thousands of independent contributions to candidates and last week a 12-member JCTA committee endorsed David Jones Jr. in District 2, Lloyd “Chip” White in District 4 and Chris Brady in District 7.

The candidates represent diverse backgrounds, said JCPT president Brent McKim. 

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Education
8:36 am
Tue August 28, 2012

JCPS Approves Tax Increase

The Jefferson County School Board has approved a 3.4 property tax increase.

The increase was proposed in light of dwindling state and federal funding. It will generate about $17 million for the district, and cost homeowners about $23 for every $100,000 their houses are worth.

The revenue will be used to support the district's dozens of new assistant principals and updates to the JCPS transportation plan.

Education
4:36 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

ACT Scores Show Half of KY Graduates Meet Benchmarks

The chart shows trends in Kentucky public high school juniors' ACT test scores the past five years.

The Kentucky Department of Education has released the latest ACT scores for graduating public high school students, which show slight improvements over the previous year.

But only half of students meet the state’s standards for college readiness. 

Kentucky's graduating seniors went from 19.2 to 19.5, which is still short of the national average. However, the national average includes private school results as well.

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Education
4:21 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens on WFPL News Special

Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Donna Hargens appeared live in our studios for a WFPL News Special today.

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