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Education
1:18 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Kentucky—and Most States—are Spending Less Per Student Than Before the Recession, Report Says

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Kentucky lags behind its peers for funding its public education system since the recession, a new report from the Washington-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities shows.

The report released Thursday shows 34 states provide less per-student funding than they did in 2008. Of those, 15 states are giving less than they did a year ago.

Kentucky is among both these groups.

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Education
4:57 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Kentucky Committee Rejects New Science Standards; Beshear Will Override the Decision

Gov. Steve Beshear says he will override a legislative committee’s decision to reject new science standards that would have updated what Kentucky students should be learning in schools.

The Kentucky Board of Education already approved the Next Generation Science Standards this year, but the the state legislative committee had to also approve the changes.

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Education
12:43 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Louisville Montessori School Doubles Enrollment

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The Montessori School of Louisville has seen increased interest over the past year, says head of schools Gregory Dixon.

The small program located in Louisville's East End has more than doubled its enrollment to 130 students this year. Dixon says the school has added two classrooms, there are  waiting lists for some programs and he’s been pushed out of his office to make more space.

“Montessori is growing. Montessori movement is growing in North America and the states and specifically in Louisville right now," he says.

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Education
7:00 am
Sun September 8, 2013

Can Training the Brain Help Struggling Louisville Students' Performance?

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Louisville public school students are participating in a new program that proponents says will strengthen memory processing and create lasting effects for how students learn.

The program, LearningRx, has existed thorough Seven Counties Services since 2011. It focuses on skills tested for IQ,—such as long and short term memory, visual and auditory processing, and logic and reasoning, said Michelle Wright, executive director of Louisville’s LearningRX center.

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Education
4:58 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Louisville Schools for At-Risk Students Say JCPS Not Doing Enough to Keep Kids Safe

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Leaders from five agencies that serve at-risk children in Louisville say the Jefferson County school district isn't doing enough to ensure there are ample employees to keep students and staff safe at their schools.

Maryhurst, St. Joseph Children’s Home, Boys and Girls Haven, Home of the Innocents and Uspiritus (Brooklawn and Bellewood campuses) all treat children with emotional and behavioral disorders, many of whom are wards of the state or have had traumatic life experiences or unstable homes.

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Education
3:00 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

Parent Leadership Classes Begin For 37 In JCPS

The Governor’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership will begin training in Louisville this week, giving parents with children in struggling  schools a chance to change the way they participate in their education.

The institute was started by Kentucky’s Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence 16 years ago, says Carol Edelen, Prichard's community supports coordinator.

Since then, funding has dried up and fewer  training opportunities  have been offered, but the institute is needed, she says.

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Education
2:21 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Sen. Rand Paul Discusses Schools' Rejection of Parent Volunteers

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Kentucky Senator Rand Paul acknowledges that parents with certain criminal records should be allowed more participation in their children’s education than some school districts allow.

As WFPL reported this week, Jefferson County Public Schools and other school districts ban anyone with a felony offense on their record from participating as a full-time volunteer.

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Education
7:45 am
Sun August 25, 2013

JCPS Background Checks Block Parents From Volunteering, Even for Years-Old Offenses

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Honey Dozier fits the profile of a parent commonly rejected by Jefferson County Public Schools. She’s white, female and has a criminal record for a past non-violent offense. 

When she was 18—before her first child was born—she made a mistake, she says.

It was a big mistake. She stole and used other people’s credit cards—that's a felony. But that was nearly two decades ago, she says.

”What I did was wrong, clearly, but it should not keep me from going on field trips for 19 years,” she says.

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Education
8:46 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

JCPS Officials: All Students Bused Home by 7 p.m.

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Jefferson County Public Schools officials say the last student was delivered home by 6:58 Tuesday night.

The previous two years JCPS has reduced the time buses cleared on the first day of school. Last year, the final bus cleared at 6:38 pm. The year before it was 7:20 pm.

Busing on the first day of school has been closely watched, in large part due to the infamous 2010 school year when the final students weren't delivered home until after 9 p.m. on the first day of class.

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Education
11:48 am
Mon August 19, 2013

What's New in Jefferson County Public Schools This Year

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More than 102,000 Jefferson County Public Schools students are preparing for their first day of class Tuesday.

For the school district, Superintendent Donna Hargens says the focus this year is on executing the district’s strategic plan with the resources available.

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