Education

Education
7:30 am
Mon March 17, 2014

In Its Second Year, the JCPS Elementary School Assignment System Got More Kindergarten Applications

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Jefferson County Public Schools had a slight increase in kindergarten applications before its "initial" school choice deadline, but overall elementary school applications declined, according to data provided by the school district.

JCPS administrators took steps to increase the number of applications before that "initial" January deadline, because those applications are given first priority in student assignment.

This year, 4,970 applications were sent for the kindergartners of the 2014-15 school year. For the 2013-14 class of kindergartners, 4,860 applications were sent.

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Education
10:00 am
Sun March 16, 2014

What's Next in the JCPS School of Innovation Competition?

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For the four School of Innovation finalists, the next few months will focus on shaping their concepts into more concrete proposals.

For Jefferson County Public Schools, the work over the next 17 months or so includes helping those teams develop their plans, looking to the board to make a decision and decide on funding, and then working to get the school open in the 2015-16 academic year.

To the point: Opening a School of Innovation will mean an allocation of resources amid parallel reviews of facilities and magnet school programs.

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Education
7:00 am
Fri March 14, 2014

In 2010, Mayor Greg Fischer Wanted to Help Put Nurses in JCPS Schools. That's on Hold

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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s 2010 campaign plan to put a nurse in every Jefferson County Public School isn't happening anytime soon.

When he was seeking office, Fischer unveiled a 31-page book with nearly 200 ideas to increase the quality of life in Louisville. One of those ideas was to get a nurse in all 155 schools and learning centers in the JCPS system.

Currently, only 28 JCPS schools have a full-time licensed practical nurse on staff.

Here's a graphic sent from JCPS:

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Education
9:56 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

University of Louisville Medical School Put on Accreditation Probation

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The University of Louisville School of Medicine has been placed on probation by its accrediting body.

The Liaison Committee on Medical Education, the body that issues accreditation to medical education programs in the United States and Canada, has expressed concern in nine areas of UofL’s Medical School.

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Education
1:50 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Ray Wallace, IU Southeast's Next Chancellor, Wants People to Finish Degrees and More Outreach

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IU Southeast next chancellor said one place of emphasis will be finding people in Southern Indiana and Louisville who've started but never finished degree programs.

The demographic research shows that the region has plenty of people who fit that description, said Ray Wallace, who this week was appointed IU Southeast's next leader.

So that's one area he'll want to focus.

“We need to do a better job, I think, in terms of working with people to complete their degrees," Wallace said.

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Education
4:54 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Murray State University Has a New President

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MURRAY — Murray State Board of Regents Chairman Deno Curris is optimistic about the working relationship the board will have with the university's next president.

The regents unanimously chose Eastern Oregon University President Bob Davies to be  MSU's 13th president on Wednesday.

Board relationships were at the heart of former President Randy Dunn’s dismissal last year. With that in mind, Curris says the board was intently focused on its relationship with MSU’s next president.

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Education
4:14 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Kentucky Legislators May Let School Districts Shorten Their Calendars Because of All Those Snow Days

School-canceling snow in Louisville earlier this year.
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FRANKFORT—The state House will vote on legislation to allow Kentucky school districts to shorten their instructional calendar by as many as 10 days.

The measure is being promoted as a way for schools to deal with a greater-than-normal number of snow days. State Rep. Brian Linder, a Dry Ridge Republican, says educators in his district realize it often takes a while for bills to become laws.

“I told them I would bring the urgency that we need to make sure that we get this pushed through as quickly as possible so they can get their schedule figured out,” Linder said.

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Education
8:18 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Here Are the Finalists in Jefferson County Public Schools' School of Innovation Competition

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The finalists in Jefferson County Public Schools' School of Innovation competition are The Catalpa School, the Louisville Reach Academy, the Metro Museum Magnet School and the Next Generation Community School. 

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Education
6:00 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Listen to Details From the 12 Semifinalists in the JCPS School of Innovation Competition

JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens kicks off Friday night's School of Innovation forum.
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Jefferson County Public Schools will on Monday night unveil the finalists from the 48 community submissions to design a new school.

The school district plans to open the winning School of Innovation design in the 2015-16 academic year. Last month, JCPS unveiled 12 semifinalists in the competition. Submitters included several teams of JCPS teachers, a group of Louisville museum leaders and a team of educators from Michigan.

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Education
4:07 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Four Fort Knox Schools to Shut Down at End of School Year

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The inactivation of the 3rd Combat Brigade, 1st Infantry Division  at Fort Knox  is leading to the closure of half of the schools on the military base at the end of the school year.

The base currently has eight schools and about 2,000 students. Nearly 700 students on the base will leave the district when the combat brigade relocates, and four schools will be closed, according to the Department of Defense Education Activity, which oversees the schools serving military families.

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