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4:44 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Kentucky's Financial Aid Agency Requests What Its Owed

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More than 100,000 Kentucky college students eligible for state financial aid will not receive it this year, according to the agency responsible for overseeing the scholarships.

That's been the story over the past few years. Now, the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority is trying to restore funding its owed to help a few thousand more students get money for college.

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Education
7:00 am
Sun January 5, 2014

JCPS Initial School Application Period for 2014-15 Ends Friday

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Update 4:15 p.m. Monday: Mobile Application Canceled

The initial application and registration period for Jefferson County Public Schools ends Friday.

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Education
12:00 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

GED Test Gets A Makeover, All Unfinished Tests Nullified

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Kentuckians who have not finished their GED exams will have to take all four parts of the test over when the test is updated in January.

It’s the first time in nearly a decade the GED Testing Service has updated the exam, which is taken to earn the equivalent of a high school diploma.The last date to have completed the test before the update was Dec. 18.  

The new test will be administered by computer, which isn't expected to detour test-takers, says Jacqueline Korengel, Kentucky’s GED state administrator. 

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Education
7:45 am
Sun December 29, 2013

JCPS School Board Members Share New Year's Resolutions

If you don't believe in making New Year's resolutions then maybe making new goals is your thing.

Either way, we've asked Jefferson County school board members to share their "resolutions" with us. The invitation was sent to all seven board members; below are the responses from those who participated.

There was little guidance on what themes or parts of being a board member should be considered. Some reflected on larger ideas in public education while others chose personal challenges.

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Education
12:01 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Kentucky Libraries Join Early Childhood Education Push

Kentucky has created a new task force to help turn public libraries into better early childhood education resources for families.

The 54-member group includes librarians from across the state who are charged with developing standards and resources that local libraries can use.

“I think this helps bring public libraries to the table," says task force member Heather Deiffenbach who also works for the Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives.

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Education
12:01 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Indiana Charter School at Heart of Grade-Change Flap Drops to 'F'

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INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis charter school at the center of Indiana's grade-changing scandal has dropped from an "A'' to an "F'' in newly released school grades.

The Christel House Academy benefited last year from grading changes made by former schools Superintendent Tony Bennett. But grades released for the 2012-2013 school year showed a precipitous drop for the school founded by top GOP donor Christel DeHaan.

The grades are used to determine a range of important funding issues. The State Board of Education approved the grades at its meeting Friday.

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Education
4:53 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Kentucky Education Group Says New Teachers Need More Supports

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The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence has presented its recommendations to lawmakers on how to improve teacher quality in Kentucky.

Prichard is an education think-tank that worked for over a year on the recommendations, which include finding ways to recruit new teachers to replace aging Baby Boomers and supporting equitable disbursement of new teachers among poor and better performing schools.

Kentucky also needs to do a better job supporting new teachers and those in training, says Prichard Committee Executive Director Stu Silberman.

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Education
12:13 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Kentucky Gets $44 Million For Early Childhood Education

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Kentucky officials say they want to make the state's voluntary rating system for childcare facilities mandatory and they will have help in the amount of $44 million to do it.

That’s the amount of money Kentucky won as part of the federal government’s Race to the Top grant competition for early childhood education. It's the third round of such funding provided by the the U.S. Department of Education with help from the Department of Health and Human Services.

Six states are winners from a pool of 17 applicants.

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Education
11:50 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Rural Kentucky Education Co-op Wins $30 Million 'Race to the Top' Grant

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A co-op that includes 17 eastern Kentucky rural school districts has won $30 million in federal grant money.

“We were ecstatic. I don’t think words can express how important we believe this is for the region’s schools and for the communities in the region," says Jeff Hawkins, executive director of the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative, which serves over 100 schools and 40,000 students.

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Education
3:08 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Houston Barber Named the Academy at Shawnee's New Principal

The Academy at Shawnee's new principal will be Houston Barber who currently serves as principal of Fern Creek High School.

Fern Creek was one of Jefferson County Public Schools' success stories this year when the state released its accountability data.

Fern Creek had the highest gains of any JCPS high school and its state percentile ranking went from 26 to 60. Both graduation rates and college and career readiness rates saw significant improvements too.

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