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Local News
4:10 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Letter on School Violence Pits Paducah Sun Against McCracken Sheriff

A clearer picture has emerged of the standoff between the Paducah Sun and the McCracken County Sheriff's Office that prompted a school closure earlier this week.

Clearer, but not prettier.

Authorities now believe that a letter received by the Paducah Sun on Monday referenced an incident the previous week that had already been investigated. A couple of kids in Paducah's Reidland High School were talking about the video game Minecraft; their chatter about placing bombs—part of the game—was misinterpreted as a possible threat.

No harm, no foul.

Until Monday.

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Education
7:00 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Camp to Teach High School Kids How to Turn Ideas Into Businesses

A new state program will advise young entrepreneurs on how they can turn a bright idea into a business plan. In June, 50 high school students will learn more about innovation and creative thinking at Georgetown College.

Liz Knapp, of the Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation, said she believes some of the ideas will later morph into profit-making products.

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Education
3:30 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Kentucky Education Department Wants Legislators to Try Again to Raise Dropout Age

duPont Manual High School
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Changing the high school dropout age from 16 to 18 is a legislative priority once again for the Kentucky Board of Education. During the board's regular meeting Wednesday, board members approved a legislative agenda for the upcoming session that starts in January.

Previous attempts to change the dropout age have been unsuccessful because of questions about how alternative education programs to help at-risk students would be funded.

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Education
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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Local News
7:00 am
Fri September 21, 2012

IdeaFestival: Are We Hardwired to Bully?

Alex in 'Bully'

When she was a child, Cynthia Lowen was painfully shy. She avoided clubs and sports, to her parents’ disappointment. She was most comfortable around books and horses—maybe most comfortable sitting quietly by herself reading books about horses. Lowen spent her childhood and teen years at a farm, mucking out stables and riding horses. The horses didn’t call her “giraffe neck,” she says, like her peers did.

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Education
4:21 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens on WFPL News Special

Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Donna Hargens appeared live in our studios for a WFPL News Special today.

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Education
11:30 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Superintendent Donna Hargens: Live Interview Today at 1:00

Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Donna Hargens will be live in our studios for a WFPL News Special today at 1:00 pm.

She'll talk with Devin Katayama about the first day of school, district management and the upcoming school board elections. We'll also be taking your calls at (502) 814-8255. You can also leave your questions or comments here. 

Education
10:38 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Whitlock to Retire As EKU President

EKU

During a meeting this morning of faculty and staff at Eastern Kentucky University, President Doug Whitlock announced his retirement.  

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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
4:02 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

U.S. Chamber Reports Kentucky Higher Ed Needs Improvements

The report shows Kentucky's two-year schools rank among the nation's best for cost-effectiveness.

 

A U.S. Chamber of Commerce report rates Kentucky’s higher education system below the national average in cost versus benefit.

The Institute for a Competitive Workforce put out its Leaders & Leggards report showing Kentucky’s four-year institutions cost more than the national median,  but they have a lower graduation rate than other schools.

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