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7:00 am
Sat September 22, 2012

IdeaFestival: The Finland School Phenomenon

Thanks to bloggers and Twitter users with nationwide followings at last year’s IdeaFestival, students from DuPont Manual high school in Louisville garnered national acclaim for their questions for and engagement with IdeaFestival presenters. This year, their performance has been no less noteworthy. The Q&A session following Harvard Innovation Education Fellow Tony Wagner’s presentation was dominated by curious students.

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Education
2:08 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Education Department Preps Media, Parents On New Standards

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The Kentucky Department of Education is preparing the media this week for its new accountability data expected to be released next month.

The new system is meant to simplify accountability by using five main data sets to provide each district and school a score.

The data includes some the state was already using like achievement gaps, graduation rates and state test scores, but it will also include growth and new college-and-career ready standards.

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Education
12:07 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

U.S. Education Officials Visit Kentucky on Bus Tour

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U.S. Department of Education officials are in Fayette County Thursday as part of a national back-to-school bus tour called "Education Drives America."

Deputy Secretary of Education Tony Miller is visiting Picadome Elementary School to discuss ways to improve foreign language learning in schools.

In Fayette County around 60 percent of their public schools offer some kind of foreign language program, said Thomas Sauer, Fayette County Public Schools world language specialist.

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Education
10:08 am
Thu September 20, 2012

KY Supreme Court Rules In Favor of JCPS Student Assignment Plan

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The Kentucky Supreme Court has reversed the lower court’s ruling, which would have allowed Jefferson County Public Schools students to attend the school closest to their homes.

"We conclude that Kentucky public school students have no statutory right to attend a particular school," the opinion written by Lisabeth Hughes Abramson  said.

The Kentucky Court of Appeals ruled last fall that students did have the right to attend the same school where they enrolled.

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Education
4:00 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

WFPL News Special: Left Behind, Dropping Out at 1 pm

Every year, more than a million kids drop out of school. Without a diploma, they will have a tough time succeeding.

But the problem starts much earlier than high school. This hour, we'll ask the big questions: Why are students dropping out? What's the cost? And, what works to keep them in school and graduate?

Education
2:46 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Audit Criticizes Kenton School District Travel Spending

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A report from the Kentucky auditor says the Kenton County School District spent excessive amounts of money on out-of-state travel and was lax in monitoring its finances.

Auditor Adam Edelen says the district’s food services department has spent more than $116,000 on out-of-state travel since 2007.

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Education
12:55 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Case Against JCPS District 7 Candidate Dismissed

A retired Jefferson County Public Schools administrator will be allowed to stay in the school board race this fall, after a judge dismissed a case filed by two local teachers.

As reported by the Courier-Journal's Antoinette Konz, the teachers alleged that District 7 candidate Marty Bell solicited JCPS staff for support, which is against state law.

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Education
12:33 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Greater Clark Schools Considers Eliminating Positions Through Attrition

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Officials with Greater Clark County Schools will study the benefits of reducing staff and other ways to increase revenue over the next few months.

Superintendent Andrew Melin told the school board Tuesday night that the district will be nearly $2.5 million short next year.

Staff salaries and benefits make up nearly 92 percent of the district’s general fund, he said, and district leaders will spend the next three to six months studying which jobs might be eliminated to save money.

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Education
11:48 am
Wed September 19, 2012

JCPS District 2 Candidates Debate, Discuss Visions

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  • Full audio of WFPL's District 2 debates.

The four candidates vying for Jefferson County Public Schools' District 2 seat will give residents a wide range of opinions to choose from this fall.

In a debate hosted by WFPL Tuesday night, the candidates discussed their visions for the district and ways they would better student achievement. Two of the four--Phil Haming and George Tolhurst--felt strongly that reverting back to neighborhood schools could help the district accomplish this.

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Education
10:23 am
Sun September 16, 2012

Will School Lunch Changes Really Make Students Healthier?

There’s a new push on for healthier school food across the country, in the form of a new law called the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, aimed at updating nutrition standards in the National School Lunch Program. Those new guidelines start taking effect this year. Will they have the desired result?

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