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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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Education
8:52 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Studies Favor JCPS Turnaround Model “Project Proficiency”

The graph shows the progress at-risk students made from 8th grade (x) to 11th (y).

Part 2 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 improve student achievement.

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Education
6:00 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Studies Favor JCPS Turnaround Model “Project Proficiency”

Students receiving grade of A or B and scoring Proficient or Distinguished on KCCT.

Part 1 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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Education
10:26 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Greater Clark Schools Approves Dr. Andrew Melin For Superintendent

Melin was voted in at 5-2.

The Greater Clark County Schools board has approved the contract of its next superintendent, Dr. Andrew Melin.

Melin will lead the district, overseeing nearly 11,000 students. He’ll replace Stephen Daeschner who was hired in 2009, and who oversaw significant gains in student achievement.

Melin was chosen from a list of 17 national applicants and currently serves as the superintendent of Indiana’s Valparaiso Community Schools. He’s also served in various education roles including principal, counselor and teacher.

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Education
9:32 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

JCPS Board Narrowly Approves Student Assignment Changes

Four individuals spoke in opposition of the student assignment changes.
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The Jefferson County Board of Education has approved changes to the district's student assignment plan that will reduce school options but give many students shorter bus rides.

After lengthy discussion Monday night, the board ultimately approved revisions to the elementary school plan that create 13 clusters in which parents can choose schools for their children. The board retained the current six cluster system for middle and high schools, but approved new diversity criteria for all schools.  

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Education
7:43 am
Mon June 11, 2012

JCPS Board Votes On Superintendent Evaluation, Student Assignment Changes

The proposed 13 cluster plan would offer less school choice but some students could travel shorter distances.

 

The Jefferson County Board of Education will vote on two key agenda items at Monday night's board meeting.

The first is the evaluation of Superintendent Donna Hargens’ first year on the job. Board chair Steve Imhoff says he’ll be surprised if the evaluation isn’t favorable. But there’s no way of knowing what discussions the board has had.

The board met once in private last month and will again meet behind closed doors before Monday night’s board meeting.

The decision to meet in executive session is their choice. Legislation was changed in 2010 to allow this, after the Courier-Journal sued the district to gain access to then-superintendent Sheldon Berman’s evaluation.

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Education
6:02 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Greater Clark Superintendent Finalist Hopes for Board Support

Dr. Andrew Melin is the finalist for Greater Clark County Schools' next superintendent.

The Greater Clark County Schools board will vote Monday night on whether to hire Dr. Andrew Melin as the new superintendent to replace Stephen Daeschner.  

If board members vote against his hire, Melin says it  won’t be a reflection of his ability to lead.

Melin, currently superintendent of Indiana’s Valparaiso Community Schools, was whittled down from a pool of 17. The district’s search committee chose him as the finalist last week while not releasing the names of any other candidates.

Melin addressed southern Indiana residents in his first official public introduction last week. He answered questions regarding how he plans to continue the district's success and he addressed questionable spending practices in his current district.

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