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3:47 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Presidents Of Kentucky's Two Largest Universities Oppose Israeli Academic Boycott

University of Kentucky President Eli Capiluto blogged about his opposition to the Israeli academic boycott this week.

The presidents of Kentucky’s two largest universities have joined opposition to a boycott of Israeli academic institutions by the American Studies Association.

The ASA National Council recommended its members pass a resolution to boycott Israeli colleges and universities, which they did last month.  The resolution takes an "ethical stance" on Israel’s policies against Palestine.

From the ASA website:

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Education
1:57 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Southern Indiana School Corporations Get 'C' Grades, New Albany-Floyd Drops to 'B'

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Southern Indiana school corporations remained relatively flat in the education department’s letter grade release Wednesday.

The A-F letter grade system is part of Indiana’s two-year-old accountability system that’s now subject to change pending a special panel’s recommendations expected this year. 

Around two-thirds of school corporations received the same letter grade as last year, according to our friends at State Impact Indiana.

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Education
2:59 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Kentucky Bill Would Extend Graduation Time For Refugee Students, Education Department Has Concerns

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Thang Lian is a resettled Burmese refugee student who attends Jefferson County Public Schools’ Newcomer Academy. In March, he turns 21, which means the district can no longer financially support his education.

So he’ll have to choose another path.

“My parents and my counselor were talking about next year I move to GED,” he says.

For some the GED high school equivalency diploma is an option; others may enroll in Jefferson County's online alternative program.

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Education
8:59 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

JCPS Drafts 'Preliminary' Budget, But Must Wait For State Action

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The Jefferson County school board got its first look at next year's budget Monday, but state funding and results of an unfinished audit will likely force the district to make changes before it receives final approval in the fall.

“I think we’re being very optimistic,” says Cordelia Hardin, the chief financial officer who has helped craft over two dozen dozen budgets.

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Education
4:10 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Doss, Moore and PRP High Schools Want Smartphones In Class; JCPS Board Votes Monday

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Three more Jefferson County public high schools want to allow students and teachers to use cell phones and smart devices in the classroom.

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Education
2:56 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Greater Clark Schools Seniors Need Fewer Credits To Graduate

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High school students in Greater Clark County Schools now need fewer credits to graduate following a school board decision this week. Officials say the decision will keep the district competitive with its neighbors.

Previously, Greater Clark high school seniors needed 46 credits to graduate. Now they need 40, which is the state minimum.

GCCS board president Mark Pavey says this could help a few dozen more students who couldn’t otherwise graduate in Greater Clark schools.

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Education
9:25 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Kentucky Remains Stable In Education Week's Annual 'Quality Counts' Report

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Kentucky's public education system mirrors some national trends that show states struggling to close achievement gaps while maintaining high marks for its recent education reforms, according to the annual “Quality Counts” report by the non-profit publication Education Week.

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Education
4:44 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Kentucky's Financial Aid Agency Requests What Its Owed

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More than 100,000 Kentucky college students eligible for state financial aid will not receive it this year, according to the agency responsible for overseeing the scholarships.

That's been the story over the past few years. Now, the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority is trying to restore funding its owed to help a few thousand more students get money for college.

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Education
7:00 am
Sun January 5, 2014

JCPS Initial School Application Period for 2014-15 Ends Friday

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Update 4:15 p.m. Monday: Mobile Application Canceled

The initial application and registration period for Jefferson County Public Schools ends Friday.

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Education
12:00 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

GED Test Gets A Makeover, All Unfinished Tests Nullified

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Kentuckians who have not finished their GED exams will have to take all four parts of the test over when the test is updated in January.

It’s the first time in nearly a decade the GED Testing Service has updated the exam, which is taken to earn the equivalent of a high school diploma.The last date to have completed the test before the update was Dec. 18.  

The new test will be administered by computer, which isn't expected to detour test-takers, says Jacqueline Korengel, Kentucky’s GED state administrator. 

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