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Education
1:16 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Kentucky's Community College Leader Earns Six-Figures, Even After He Retires

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  Michael McCall is the president of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System—and he's among the highest-paid community college administrators in the U.S.

And he'll still earn six-figures after he retires in January. 

In its latest story, the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting found that KCTCS has agreed to pay McCall $324,321 for a year after he leaves his job.  As president emeritus, he'll be expected to perform duties at the request of the next KCTCS president.

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Education
7:00 am
Wed May 7, 2014

'Restorative' Discipline Practices Can Work for JCPS Schools—But Not Alone, Principal Says

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The way Jefferson County Public Schools discipline students has recently led to heated debate among Louisville activists and education leaders.

At a recent JCPS school board meeting, activists lashed out at board members, saying despite recent efforts from a JCPS committee to revise the student code of conduct, district officials still weren’t doing enough to lower suspension rates—a key point in the method known as "restorative practices."

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Education
7:00 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Louisville Area College Grads Encouraged to 'Pass the Cap'

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Louisville education leaders are asking this spring’s college graduates to participate in an initiative aimed at encouraging others who may be on the path to graduation to stick with it.

It’s called Pass the Cap and asks  those who graduate this May to do just that—pass their graduation cap on to someone else.

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Education
7:00 am
Wed April 30, 2014

University of Louisville Tuition Could Exceed $10,000

The Thinker at the University of Louisville.
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In an effort to make up for recent budget cuts, the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education is authorizing state four-year universities and colleges to increase tuition by as much as 8 percent over the next two years.

The council limited the single year hike to no more than 5 percent.  Each school will have the ability to decide on how to divide the tuition increases between the two years.

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Education
6:53 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Kentucky Education Officials Seek Public Input on 'No Child Left Behind' Waiver

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Kentucky education officials are asking for public input regarding a request to extend a waiver that grants the state flexibility on school accountability testing under the No Child Left Behind Act.

The one-year extension would  allow Kentucky schools to continue measuring student progress based solely on a state accountability system, rather than both  a federal and state system.

Until 2012, Kentucky students were being tracked under both. 

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Education
7:12 am
Sat April 26, 2014

The University of Louisville Has a New Dean of Its Arts and Sciences College

Kimberly Kempf-Leonard will be the new dean for the College of Arts and Sciences.

Kempf-Leonard  has been dean of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale’s College of Liberal Arts since 2011.  She previously worked at University of Texas at Dallas, University of Missouri-St. Louis and Kent State University.

She has a doctorate in social systems sciences: criminology and criminal law from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School.

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Education
6:57 am
Tue April 22, 2014

The Struggling Myers Middle School May Be Nixed To Make Space For Growing JCPS Programs

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Myers Middle School may be a middle school no more come August.

The struggling middle school is one of the lowest performing schools in the state and has been the focus of multiple transformation models aimed at boosting the school's level of achievement.

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Education
7:32 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Changes May Be Coming To JCPS Student Code of Conduct

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After a series of meetings spanning nearly three months, a Jefferson County Public Schools committee tasked with reworking the district's code of student conduct is ready to present its revisions to the Board of Education for approval.

Composed of school administrators, teachers, parents and a student, the committee was assembled to refine the code of conduct in a way that would decrease suspension rates—keeping students in class while maintaining a safe school environment.

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Education
7:00 am
Fri April 18, 2014

The University of Louisville and GE Team Up For 'Cutting Edge' Micro-Factory

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A collaboration between the University of Louisville and General Electric announced this week will create a new paradigm of manufacturing, said the dean of UofL's Speed School of Engineering.

The FirstBuild program is being called “cutting edge” by its collaborators and will give UofL engineering students  the opportunity to gain practical training as they refine existing GE products, such as kitchen ranges and other appliances, university officials said.

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Education
12:52 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Listen: In Louisville, Education Instigator Diane Ravitch Shares Concerns About School Reforms

Education historian Diane Ravitch is the recipient of the 2014 Grawemeyer Award for Education.

She's against high-stakes testing, big business in schools, and doubts charters are the answer to improving public education. But Diane Ravitch, a New York University research professor who has become an influence voice in U.S. education, didn't always feel this way.

“It’s very difficult once you become embedded in a point of view to step back from it," Ravitch said Wednesday. "And I found that to be true because all your social networks tend to agree with you."

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