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12:58 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

JCPS Teachers Receive Raises, Central Staff Pay Freezes

The Jefferson County Board of Education has approved pay raises for teachers and support staff while freezing the salaries of central and school-based administrative staff.

The board voted Monday night on Superintendent Donna Hargens’ recommendation not to increase administrative salaries, including principals and counselors. Teachers, bus drivers and clerks will receive a 1 percent raise, down from the 2.5 percent raise all staff received last year.

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Education
11:47 am
Tue June 26, 2012

JCPS Board Chair Imhoff Steps Aside, Porter to Lead

 

Jefferson County Board of Education chairman Steve Imhoff has  stepped aside for the remaining few months of his term.

The chair position, and leader of the seven member JCPS board, will be vice-chair Diane Porter. Imhoff is one of three board members retiring from his duties at the end of this year. Imhoff, who works as an attorney, said the three trials he has over the next six months is the primary reason for his decision and he said Porter is well qualified for the position.

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Education
1:17 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Local Business Supports JCPS Principal Development

 

Several Jefferson County Public Schools principals will begin workshops this week in an effort to improve their leadership skills.

The program called Leadership Institute for School Principals was offered last year by the Kentucky Chamber Foundation as a pilot project. Principals participate in workshops offered by the Center for Creative Leadership in North Carolina. This year, the program is fully funded at $9,000 per principal by local businesses.

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Education
12:23 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

UofL Offering Car-Sharing Program in Fall

Registered participants will have access to Toyota Corollas.

 

The University of Louisville has partnered with Enterprise to provide a car-sharing program that will offer faulty and students a low-cost transportation option next school year. 

The company’s We-Car program will allow participants to pick up a Toyota Corolla for an hour, a day or a weekend, said John Drees, spokesman for the University of Louisville.

“Members will have access to these cars at any time. You sign up for time slots, but it’s a 24/7 365 day a year operation," he said.

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Education
12:09 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Daniels Preparing For New Role As University President

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels speaks at Purdue University following his election by school trustees. Looking on is trustees chair Keith Krach. (Photo courtesy of Purdue University)

The Purdue University Board of Trustees made it officials today, selecting Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels to be the school’s 12th president.

Daniels will assume the post when his second and final term as governor ends in January.

"The balance of this calendar year I will use the time not consumed by my current duties to begin the process of earning by learning.   Effective immediately, I will recuse myself from any partisan political activities or commentary," Daniels said.

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Education
4:02 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

U.S. Chamber Reports Kentucky Higher Ed Needs Improvements

The report shows Kentucky's two-year schools rank among the nation's best for cost-effectiveness.

 

A U.S. Chamber of Commerce report rates Kentucky’s higher education system below the national average in cost versus benefit.

The Institute for a Competitive Workforce put out its Leaders & Leggards report showing Kentucky’s four-year institutions cost more than the national median,  but they have a lower graduation rate than other schools.

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Education
1:22 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Community and Technical Schools Increase Tuition, Approve Staff Raises

 

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System’s (KCTCS) board has approved a tuition increase and raises for full-time staff for next year.

The state’s Council on Post-Secondary Education still needs to grant final approval this Thursday, but the KCTCS is within the council’s four percent tuition cap.

In-state students will now pay $140 per credit hour. For students living in contiguous counties to Kentucky that amount will be $280 and nearly $500 for all other out-of-state students.

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Education
1:03 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Group Will Discuss JCPS Disciplinary Practices

African American non-special education students made up 33 percent of the enrollment. White students made up 51 percent.

Residents, child advocacy groups, and Jefferson County Public Schools officials will attend a meeting Tuesday night to discuss the district’s disciplinary practices, which have been called into question in the past year.

JCPS is one of the top districts in the state that disproportionately disciplines minority and disability students, according University of Kentucky report based on 2008-2009 data. 

Of the top 10 districts that show disproportionate ratios, JCPS is the only one that hasn’t adequately changed its policy, said attorney Leslie Jones with the independent state agency Kentucky Protection and Advocacy.

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Education
6:42 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Report: Achievement Gaps Higher in East End

The Bluegrass Institute has released a report showing the largest achievement gaps in Jefferson County Public Schools occur in classrooms in the eastern part of the county.

The policy group created the report for the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO), which is urging lawmakers to approve charter schools. Charters were rejected by the General Assembly this past legislative session, but some believe the issue made progress.

“Let’s bring somebody into this state that has a proven record that will make a difference with our children,” said Pastor Jerry Stephenson, Louisville's BAEO coordinator. The current education system isn’t working and the despair of the education system can be seen in the violence in certain West Louisville neighborhoods, he said.

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Education
5:23 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Studies Favor JCPS Turnaround Model “Project Proficiency”

This graph shows how many "novice" 8th grade students moved to "proficient" in 11th grade.

Part 3 of WFPL’s series this week looking at three collaborative studies on Project Proficiency from JCPS administrators.

For the first time, studies are showing the affects of Jefferson County Public Schools’ "Project Proficiency," the district’s response for turning around student achievement in its persistently low-achieving (PLA) schools, according to the No Child Left Behind Act. 

The effort ensures all students understand the top concepts in math and reading in depth, and it requires teacher collaboration to move the lowest achieving students forward.

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