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8:00 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

JCPS First Day Commutes Improve

All Jefferson County Public Schools buses were cleared from the last bus depot at 6:38 Tuesday evening, ending the first day of school.

That beats last year time, when the final students were reportedly delivered home after 7:20 pm. The morning commute was also slightly better than last year, according to a JCPS spokesman.

Over 950 JCPS buses carry some 70,000 students throughout the county on any given school day. 

Education
6:00 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

UNIQUE: A Visit With JCPS Student and Mother Hannah Watkins

As part of our new series UNIQUE, we’re spending the next year finding the stories of students, teachers and families that make up our local public education system.

Today we visit with 17-year-old Hannah Watkins, a student at South Park TAPP, one of the district’s two schools serving teen mothers and mothers-to-be.

Watkins plans on graduating this year after spending the last two years in the program. She shares her experiences and gives us her perspective of a much needed program.

Education
8:04 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

JCPS Students, Teachers and Parents Connect Through Technology

Pat Macnamara is the media specialist at Chancey Elementary.

Jefferson County Public Schools students will begin the year this week with 1,770 iPads in over a dozen different schools. 

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Education
4:51 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

More Than 8,000 Indiana School Vouchers Awarded For 2012-13

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More than eight thousand Indiana public school students have been awarded vouchers allowing them to use public funds to attend private schools this academic year.

That’s more than double the number awarded last year.

Adam Baker with the Indiana Department of Education says the program approved by the Republican-led General Assembly in 2011 allows for 15,ooo vouchers this year.

"Next year, there’s actually no cap on the number of vouchers available, so we’re hoping that we continue to see this number rise year by year," he said.

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Education
4:33 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

JCPS Board Will Soon Consider Tax Increase

The Jefferson County Board of Education will soon consider its largest tax increase in the past four years, as district leaders say the hike is needed to offset a lack of state and federal funding.

Last year, Superintendent Donna Hargens and the JCPS board said the district would only raise taxes a fraction of a penny. The taxes are based on property values, and the increase meant homeowners would pay $1 more for a home assessed at $100,000.

The more than 3 percent increase being proposed now would add over $20 more to the same tax bill.

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Education
7:41 am
Mon August 20, 2012

GPS Could Make Transportation in JCPS More Efficient

Nearly 70,000 Jefferson County Public Schools students are taking the bus Tuesday for the first day of school, adding over 900 buses to the roads.

District officials expect some bus delays in the first week while drivers and parents figure out where students need to go after school, but they hope the new GPS-enabled buses will make transportation in the district more efficient. 

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Education
3:47 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

JCPS Superintendent Hargens Stays Positive About Low Grad Rates

Superintendent Donna Hargens address the Courier-Journal Thursday.

Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Donna Hargens says she’ll use the recently announced decrease in JCPS graduation rates as a catalyst for increasing student achievement.

Hargens made her comments during an interview Thursday with the Courier-Journal

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Education
7:37 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Online Programs Hope To Increase Student Achievement, Summer Data Promising

The Jefferson County Public Schools "Every 1 Learns" initiative includes community partners to extend learning beyond the classroom.

Summer is ending for students in Louisville and, according to reports, students return to class in the fall one month behind where they left off in the spring. The loss is even greater for low-income students.

To combat summer learning loss, JCPS has invested in two online programs previously offered only to low-performing students.

The programs will now be used to boost learning during the school year.

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Education
12:46 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

JCPS Board Races Draw 17 Candidates

Three new JCPS board members will be elected to the seven member board on Nov. 6.

This fall's Jefferson County Board of Education election will have one of the largest candidate pools in  recent history after eight more candidates filed before Tuesday's deadline.

A total of 17 candidates have filed to run for three seats being vacated by JCPS board members this year. Five are vying in Steve Imhoff’s District 2, five in Larry Hujo’s District 7 and seven in Joe Hardesty’s District 4.

The candidates run the gamut from well known public figures to a concerned parent who wants to change the district’s student assignment plan.

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Education
10:38 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Whitlock to Retire As EKU President

EKU

During a meeting this morning of faculty and staff at Eastern Kentucky University, President Doug Whitlock announced his retirement.  

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