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Education
9:17 am
Mon October 1, 2012

JCPS Students Increase AP Test Taking, Results Mixed

Jefferson County Public Schools students continue challenging themselves with Advanced Placement (AP) classes, but the results of their exams are mixed.

Over the past decade the number of JCPS students taking at least one AP exam has slowly increased as well as the total number of exams taken. The state released its AP test data last week, which showed similar gains in both areas.

But the results, which could earn students college credit, decreased in JCPS. Still, around half the tests taken earned college credit, which is on par with the state’s results.

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Education
9:10 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Louisville's Low Income Home Energy Program Accepting Early Registration

Jefferson County’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, LIHEAP, is now accepting early registration for elderly and disabled residents facing utility cutoffs.

Officials expect a turnout similar to last year when around 3,700 people pre-registered for the program. 

The federally funded program LIHEAP has been around for years. It provides a one-time payment to low-income applicants, which is used to pay for utilities.

In all, more than 10,000 residents received between $34 to $150 last year.

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Education
1:29 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

55,000 Degrees Seeks Help From Tech Innovation

Data from the 2011 report shows Louisville is slightly behind its goal for 2020.

Louisville’s 55,000 Degrees initiative is asking technology entrepreneurs to participate in a competition to increase the number of college degrees in the community.

The Gheens Foundation is putting up $20,000 for the best idea that will accelerate or motivate higher education attainment.

The city is not on track to meet its goal of 55,000 bachelors and associates degrees by 2020, but the city has increased its efforts and other programs to meet its 10 year goal.

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Education
10:01 am
Fri September 28, 2012

JCPS Bus Accident Sends 51 to Area Hospitals

Updated at 12:20

Officials with JCPS now say 51 students have been taken to five area hospitals as precaution following an early morning accident where a car struck a school bus headed to Frost Middle School.

JCPS Chief Operation Officer Mike Raiser told WFPL once the district learned from EMS which hospitals the students were being brought to, a response team of five to ten staff members was sent to those locations.

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Education
1:00 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

AP Tests Continue to Rise in Kentucky

The number of Kentucky public high school students taking Advanced Placement tests and scoring at higher levels continues to rise.

AP classes give students a chance to earn college credit while still in high school.

In 2008, Kentucky increased its efforts to make AP classes and exams more accessible to students. Today, the Kentucky Department of Education continues funding and encouraging students to push themselves and the most recent AP numbers reflect this.

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Education
2:08 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Ky Education Board Hears Opposition to Restraint Policy

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The Kentucky Board of Education and Commissioner Terry Holliday are reviewing public comments given this week on changes to the state’s restraint and seclusion policy for misbehaving students.

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Education
12:03 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

WFPL's District 4 School Board Debates Focus on Student Achievement

  • Full audio of WFPL's District 4 debates.

WFPL held its second Jefferson County Board of Education debate this week, featuring three of the five candidates vying for the open District 4 seat.

Candidates Eric Bullock, Chuck Haddaway and Lloyd "Chip" White discussed what student achievement means to them, and how the school board might develop the strongest structures to assure student achievement for all JCPS students.

Candidates Melissa "Missy" Smith and Chester Flake were unable to attend.

Stephen "Steve" Ryan withdrew from the race this week.

Education
1:57 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

JCPS District 4 Debate Tonight, Ryan Withdraws From Race

WFPL is hosting a debate tonight for candidates vying for Jefferson County Board of Education's District 4 seat.

There are five candidates competing to replace retiring board member Joe Hardesty, who oversaw the southwestern Jefferson County region for the past 20 years.

Stephen "Steve" Ryan announced his withdraw from the race Monday evening, leaving Lloyd "Chip" White, Chuck Haddaway, Melissa "Missy" Smith, Chester Flake and Eric Bullock in the race.

Education
1:30 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Officials Shadow Higher Education Partnership, Discuss Innovation

Superintendent Donna Hargens greets students as they leave the gym.

A unique program that partners University of Louisville student-teachers with a Jefferson County Public Schools classroom may soon see preliminary results for the past five years’ work.

That was the focus of a day-long event Tuesday where nearly 50 educators were invited to discuss innovation in education at Atkinson Academy elementary school in Louisville's Portland neighborhood.

Education commissioner Terry Holliday, JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens and Mayor Greg Fischer were among those appearing at Atkinson Tuesday morning. 

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Education
8:00 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Kentucky Schools Restraint Policy Hears Comments

The Kentucky Board of Education will hear public opinion this week on a recently approved policy that is meant to improve the state’s restraint and seclusion rules for misbehaving students. 

Some Kentucky school superintendents say the new regulations are still too vague.

Earlier this year the board of education approved changes based off recommendations made by a task force including non-profit organizations, like Kentucky Center for School Safety, and some parents. 

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