8:04 am
Sun July 13, 2014

The GED Will Be Cheaper Next Year For Some Kentucky Students

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Kentucky is offering the GED test at a reduced cost for a limited time.

Test takers who qualify for the cheaper price will save $20 on each of the four required modules of the test, making the cost of individual modules $10 and the whole test $40, according to the state Council on Postsecondary Education.

To qualify, a student must meet the GED program's enrollment standards and pass a practice test, said Jacqueline Korengel, the assistant vice president for Kentucky Adult Education, part of the state Council on Postsecondary Education.

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4:31 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Media Critic: In Wake of Reporter's Departure, The Courier-Journal Should Communicate More

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Education reporter Toni Konz’s decision  to leave The Courier-Journal and join WDRB is a terrible but predictable blow to the local daily newspaper.

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12:13 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Kentucky Immigrants Are Likelier to Have a College Degree Than U.S.-Born Kentucky Residents

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A greater percentage of foreign-born Kentucky residents hold a college degree than Kentuckians born in the U.S.—but immigrants to Kentucky are also likelier to have not finished high school, according to a study by the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy.

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7:05 am
Mon July 7, 2014

JCPS 'School of Innovation' Finalists Prepare for July Presentations

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Later this month, finalists present their proposals for an innovative community-designed Jefferson County Public school.

One of the designs is expected to become a new school in Louisville.

The submissions are part of the  JCPS School of Innovation Design Competition, and proposed plans range from using Louisville museums as a classroom to a year-around school.

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4:46 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Louisville Educator, Youth Advocate Ed White Receives National Award

Ed White
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Ed White helped create the River City Drum Corps more than 20 years ago.  Since then, he has been working with young people across the state to help tear down racial barriers through music and cultural education.

His efforts have been recognized on the local and state levels. Now, White has been honored on the national stage.  

On Wednesday, White was one of 12 recipients of the National Education Association’s annual Human and Civil Rights Awards.

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9:45 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Indiana Submits Waiver For Federal 'No Child Left Behind' Education Requirements

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The Indiana Department of Education has submitted its request for a new waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind requirements.

At stake is control over a portion of the more than $200 million Indiana receives in federal "Title I" money each year that is used for schools with low-income populations.

Federal officials told Indiana Schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz in April that problems with the state's monitoring of low-performing schools had placed the state's waiver in jeopardy.

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8:01 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Humana Co-Founder David Jones Gives $1 Million to Louisville Catholic Schools

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David A. Jones is giving $1 million to the Catholic Education Foundation of Louisville to help families cover tuition costs for parochial schools.

Jones, the co-founder of Humana, said he wanted to provide support for students interested in pursuing an education through the Catholic school system.

“The Catholic schools over the years have been very steady and they turn out good product and I just want to help more people have the opportunity to have that kind of education, if they choose it,” he said.

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7:45 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Study Says Kentucky Arts Education Access 'Meets or Exceeds' Region, But The Sample Size Is Question

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A regional study says Kentucky public school students have more access to arts education programs than students in nine other southeastern states, but Kentucky Arts Council officials question the data used in the report.

The report was released last month by South Arts, an organization that works to enhance the public value of arts in the South.

About 27 percent of Kentucky's K-12 public schools responded—near the average for other states involved in the study (29 percent). 

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5:40 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Federal Grant Aims to Speed Up Broadband in Kentucky Schools

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Kentucky is poised to receive federal grant money to improve broadband speeds in public schools.

The Federal Communication Commission’s E-rate program already provides more than $2 billion annually to schools across the U.S. to modernize Internet accessibility.

Now that the FCC has pledged an additional $2 billion for the next two years, Kentucky educators are poised to get a $22 million slice of that pie.

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4:50 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Jefferson County Public Schools Responds to State Audit

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Jefferson County Public Schools plans to review salaries, analyze school staffing levels and inventory text books in response to a critical state audit earlier this year.

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