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2:42 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Distillers Help Fund UK, U of L Alcohol Awareness Programs

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Alcohol awareness programs at the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville will continue to receive financial support  from two Kentucky distilleries.  Jim Beam and Brown-Forman are giving a combined $600,000 to the schools to bolster efforts to combat underage and binge drinking across the Commonwealth.   

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Education
11:08 am
Tue August 7, 2012

U of L Dean J. Blaine Hudson Takes Leave of Absence Due to Illness

J. Blaine Hudson has been dean of U of L's College of Arts and Sciences since 2005.
University of Louisville

The University of Louisville's College of Arts and Sciences Dean, J. Blaine Hudson, is taking a leave of absence following cranial surgery.

Hudson sent a message Monday night [below] through assistant dean John Ferre. The e-mail, which was forwarded to college staff, said Hudson had undergone cranial surgery and will now take time to rest. The prognosis remains positive, he wrote, but officials expect him out indefinitely.

“We don’t know how long he’s going to be gone and let me be really clear, we are expecting him back," said U of L provost Shirley Willihnganz.

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Education
2:50 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

JCPS Prepares to Screen Kindergarten Students

Jefferson County Public Schools is one of 107 Kentucky school districts that will use screeners this year to improve education for their youngest students.

The state adopted the BRIGANCE kindergarten screener offered by Curriculum Associates, which is being piloted this school year and planned to be implemented in all districts by the 2013-2014 year.

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Education
8:00 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Ky Task Force Considers How to Spread Digital Learning

A task force of Kentucky lawmakers is using the next few months to figure out how the state can improve digital learning across all classrooms in the commonwealth.

The General Assembly agreed to form the task force to review possible legislative changes that encourage using more technology in schools.

The goal now is to propose legislation that pairs up the state with successful digital education providers or programs, said task force co-chair Rep. Carl Rollins.

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Education
5:44 am
Mon August 6, 2012

PTA Holds Annual Clothing Assistance Program

Louisville’s PTA is hosting its annual back-to-school clothing blitz this week and officials say they expect a large turnout this year for the program, which serves less fortunate Jefferson County Public Schools students.

The clothing assistance program, or CAP, last year served between 1,000 to 1,500 students just during blitz week, according to CAP director Paula Wolf.

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Education
12:29 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Two Vying For JCPS District 4 Seat

Two candidates have filed to run for Jefferson County Public School’s District 4 seat, which is being vacated by Joe Hardesty, who has served on the school board since 1990.

Melissa “Missy” Smith and Lloyd “Chip” White are the latest to file for one of the district’s three seats up for grabs this fall. Steve Imhoff's District 2 seat and Larry Hujo's District 7 seat are also up for grabs this fall.

District 4 covers parts of southwest Louisville.

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Education
1:44 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Four JCPS Schools Carry AP Scores

The U.S. Department of Education will continue funding Advanced Placement tests for Kentucky’s low-income students this school year, but public schools in Jefferson County with the highest passing AP rates also have the lowest number of low-income students.

“In 2010-2011 which is the latest data I have, in Kentucky public schools there were approximately 38,000 AP exams taken," said Lisa Gross, spokeswoman for the Kentucky Department of Education.

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Education
12:58 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Jefferson County PTA Membership Down, Leaders Say Parent Engagement Crucial

While local PTA leaders have stressed the importance of parent engagement, membership in Jefferson County’s 15th District PTA has decreased the last three years.

Parent engagement has long been said to be crucial to student success, and local leaders are asking parents to step up participation.

President Cherie Dimar said in the 2009-2010 school year the 15th District PTA—which includes 141 local PTAs—had 55,521 members. The following year there were 47,287 members and last year membership was at 41,514.

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Education
1:14 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Four Candidates Vying For JCPS District 7

A fourth candidate has filed to run for the Jefferson County school board’s district 7 seat, which includes eastern parts of the county.

Marty Bell recently resigned from his position as chief academic officer with Indiana's Greater Clark County Schools and he spent years in JCPS serving as a deputy superintendent.

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Education
8:23 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

JCPS District 2 Board Candidate Drops Out

Louisville attorney David Kaplan is withdrawing his candidacy for the Jefferson County School Board to support former Humana chairman David Jones Jr. for the District 2 seat.

The 41-year-old Kaplan is the father of two young children who attend JCPS. He is a managing partner at Miller Wells law firm and is a former Kentucky assistant attorney general.

Kaplan says he filed to run to make positive changes in education policy, but after meeting with Jones he found the two generally agree.

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