7:19 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

State of the Commonwealth: Beshear Says Kentucky's Momentum in Jeopardy

Steve Beshear
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FRANKFORT — Gov. Steve Beshear's seventh State of the Commonwealth address was at a once a plea for reinvestments in education, a nebulous call for tax reform and a self-congratulatory pat on the back for Kentucky's deft implementation of the federal healthcare law.

Speaking to lawmakers on the first day of the 2014 legislative session, Beshear took pride in what he described as six years of progress in changing perceptions about the state on a national level.

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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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12:01 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

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

Tony Bennett

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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11:50 am
Wed December 18, 2013

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


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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8:16 am
Wed December 18, 2013

JCPS, Kentucky Among National Leaders in Adding National Board Certified Teachers

Jefferson County Public Schools added the fourth most National Board-certified teachers last school year out of all districts nationwide.

And Kentucky added the sixth most board certified teachers out of all the states.

The advanced certification is a rigorous performance-based process that can take up to three years to complete. It’s a voluntary credential that compliments degrees and other standards that are required by individual states.

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9:25 am
Sun December 15, 2013

WFPL Wraps Up 'Next Louisville' Education Project, Education Reporting Continues

A crowd listens to presenters at a Pecha Kucha event on public education this year.

Joe Franzen is an optimistic teacher.

“You all have heard it, JCPS is going to be the best urban school district around. And I believe it."

The crowd cheers.

Then, Franzen—who teaches at Fern Creek High School—proceeds to say how he believes this can happen, but why it's not.

Franzen presented at a Pecha Kucha event earlier this year. The theme was education. The event was one of several WFPL hosted as part of our year-long education reporting initiative called The Next Louisville. 

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6:01 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Morning Snow Leads JCPS, Others to Close Tuesday; Others Delay

Snowfall Tuesday morning in downtown Louisville.

Update 8:45 a.m.: Latest from Transportation Officials

Here's word from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District that covers Jefferson and other counties:

KYTC road crews mobilized at midnight last night. They have been salting the roadways this morning since the precipitation started. With the snow coming down during rush hour, that delays our trucks from covering all of their routes as quickly as we would like due to the extra traffic on the roads.

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12:01 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Oldham County is No. 1 in Kentucky Child Wellbeing Ranking

A kindergartner working with shapes at Shelby Elementary School in Louisville this year.
Credit Amber Sigman/WFPL News

The best county in Kentucky for children is Oldham—or, at least, they're doing better there than in the state's 119 other counties, says a first-time ranking of the well-being of kids in the state.

For the first time, Kentucky Youth Advocates' Kids Count County Data Book has broken down the state's 120 counties, considering economic security, education, health and family/community support. 

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6:09 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Winter Mess Hits Louisville Area; Floyd County Declares Emergency

Snow on Friday afternoon in the Germantown area.
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Update 6:40 p.m.: A Record

So far, 2.3 inches of snow fell in Louisville on Friday, the National Weather Service said. The weather service said the snowfall breaks the previous record for this date—1.9 inches set in 1977.

Update: 4:30 p.m.: State Transportation Asks for Patience; State of Emergency Declared in Floyd County

Traffic is a mess throughout the Louisville region.

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9:53 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Kentucky Education Commissioner on Funding: 'We Will See Pink Slips Like We’ve Never Seen Before'


Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says teachers could faces layoffs and school districts could fail financially if education funding is not restored.

Holliday has pushed lawmakers to restore per-pupil funding levels to pre-recession levels. That request is more than $250 million dollars for the two-year budget that lawmakers will set when they return next year.

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