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Education
3:03 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Where Would Increased K-12 Education Funding Leave Kentucky's State Universities?

U of L student body president Carrie Mattingly says she's planning multiple trips to the state capitol this year to advocate for more higher education funds.

As the University of Louisville's student government president, Carrie Mattingly's job is to be the voice of her peers—and she said tuition increases hurt student wallets. But so do other costs associated with college.

“Housing has gotten to be a really sizable cost," she said. "If you don’t plan for it it’s really difficult to cover that with a part time job."

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Education
11:25 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

JCPS Suspends 10% Fewer Students, but More Information is Needed to Know What's Working

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Suspensions are down this year in Jefferson County Public Schools, but officials warn the district needs more proof before saying what works.

African American students make up the bulk of those suspensions (about two-thirds). But data presented to the school board Monday night suggests the group saw a decrease of around 10 percent in the first four months of this school year, which is on par with white students.

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Education
9:01 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Kentucky to Release Results of Kindergarten Readiness Screenings This Week

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The Kentucky Department of Education plans to release the results of its kindergarten readiness screeners this week, officials say.

The screeners test whether children entering kindergarten have the social, emotional and motor skills needed to be successful in school. They're becoming increasingly popular with states that give priority to early intervention in schools.

Last year, 109 Kentucky school districts and more than 30,000 students were screened using the Brigance screeners.

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Politics
7:56 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear Budget Preserves K-12 Education, 5% Cuts For Most Agencies

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FRANKFORT—Making good on his pledge to reinvest in K-12 education, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear's biennial budget would restore public education funding to 2008 levels, with a pledge of $189 million in a budget greater than $20 billion.

But Beshear said his budget was was made possible in large part by a 5 percent cut across many state agencies. 

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Education
3:00 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

JCPS Competition to Design a School Getting Greater Than Expected Participation

School of the future according to the hit TV show The Jetsons.
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Officials with Jefferson County Public Schools anticipate they’ll get more proposals than expected for a competition to design a school.

It’s a good mix of applicants, says Jonathan Lowe, who heads the district’s School of Innovation Design Competition.  The winner will receive help from JCPS to see their dream school become a reality.

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Education
6:04 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Greater Clark Schools Officials Hope New Employee Medical Clinic Will Save Money

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Greater Clark County Schools teachers and staff can now visit a new medical clinic for their basic healthcare needs.

Officials say they hope the new clinic will save the district as much as $1 million in healthcare costs this year, while also having the potential to lower insurance premium costs for employees in the future.

The idea was Tom Dykiel's, chief financial officer for GCCS. He says began exploring the concept of a school district medical clinic while at his former district in northwest Indiana.

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Education
4:30 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Kentucky's Higher Education Leadership Wants Money, Official 'Less Confident' It Will Be Received

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Kentucky state university presidents have signed a letter requesting more money for higher education, but one leading official is "less confident" it will receive attention this budget session.

The letter, sent to state legislators, was signed by all eight state university presidents and the community and technical college system president.

(Read the letter here)

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Education
10:33 am
Fri January 17, 2014

How JCPS, Greater Clark Handle Winter Weather Decisions

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It happens every time.

Jefferson County Public Schools decides to cancel school because of the weather—or not—and Twitter lights up with comments; some people oppose the decision, some are supportive. 

The issue popped up Friday morning. JCPS is in session; several area school districts aren't.

So, how does JCPS decide to cancel school?

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Education
2:59 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Kentucky Bill Would Extend Graduation Time For Refugee Students, Education Department Has Concerns

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Thang Lian is a resettled Burmese refugee student who attends Jefferson County Public Schools’ Newcomer Academy. In March, he turns 21, which means the district can no longer financially support his education.

So he’ll have to choose another path.

“My parents and my counselor were talking about next year I move to GED,” he says.

For some the GED high school equivalency diploma is an option; others may enroll in Jefferson County's online alternative program.

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Education
8:59 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

JCPS Drafts 'Preliminary' Budget, But Must Wait For State Action

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The Jefferson County school board got its first look at next year's budget Monday, but state funding and results of an unfinished audit will likely force the district to make changes before it receives final approval in the fall.

“I think we’re being very optimistic,” says Cordelia Hardin, the chief financial officer who has helped craft over two dozen dozen budgets.

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