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Education
1:45 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Jefferson County Public Schools Considers Easing Restrictions for Ex-Felon Parent Volunteers

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Some parents with felony backgrounds who are banned from volunteering in Jefferson County Public Schools may soon be allowed the privilege.

Volunteer applicants in JCPS are automatically rejected from assisting schools in a supervisory role if they are convicted of, or plead guilty to, any felony—no matter how long ago it happened.

(Click here to see WFPL's previous coverage on rejected volunteers.)

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Education
8:26 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Kentucky Leads Charge in Next Generation Science Standards, Despite Challenges

Kentucky is among several states preparing to introduce new science standards in public schools and, like many of the others, the state has seen opposition to the standards from a vocal minority.

But the debate has been a bit more heated here and some have even called the state's adoption of the standards the most contentious in the country.

“Everybody is watching what everybody else is doing,” says Josh Rosenau, policy director at the National Center for Science Education.

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Local News
6:36 am
Tue October 15, 2013

How Louisville Metro Council Districts Compare in Child Well-Being

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Louisvillians can now see how their Metro Council district’s are doing in children’s health and well-being.

“Certain issues impact children regardless of where they live,” says Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates, the organization has released county-specific report, braking down education, health and economic data to provide a comprehensive snapshot of Louisville children. 

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Education
5:17 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Indiana Governor Defends Halting 'Common Core,' Kentucky Governor Talks Charter Schools

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The Common Core standards and charter schools were discussed Monday when Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence appeared on a panel in New York City on public education at the state level.

The panel is part of NBC's 2013 Education Nation Summit

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Local News
6:45 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Doss High School Offers 'Work Ethic' Certificates To Get Students Ready For Workforce

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Louisville’s Doss High School is trying to improve student skills in career-readiness by introducing a work ethic certificate popular in some other Kentucky counties.

The state education department gives points for schools that prepare students for college and career. But just because a student has passed certain tests or earned certifications, it doesn’t mean they’ve learned the social skills that employers often say young people lack.

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Education
10:00 am
Wed October 2, 2013

WFPL Forum: What 'Career Ready' Means for Students and the Role of Private Business

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Kentucky leads the nation in implementing college and career ready standards. 

This has been touted by state educators for the past few years since Senate Bill 1 in 2009 forced the education system to adapt and meet the demand of Kentucky's changing economic realities.

The shift has also meant a change in programs and partnerships between the public education system and the private sector.

What is the best use of business now? And what does a career-ready student look like here in Kentucky, and across the country?

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Education
1:00 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Kentucky Education Commissioner Says Math and Middle Schools Need Improvement

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Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says while Kentucky students improved their overall test results from last school year, the state still needs to do a better job with math.

“We’re extremely concerned about math. We have made math our number one focus this year especially in middle schools," he says.

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Education
8:00 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Takeaways From Kentucky's Release of School Test Results

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Kentucky has released its annual accountability results showing how schools are performing. We know it's a lot of information, so we thought we'd boil down a few takeaways.

The themes in bold below are what the Kentucky Department of Education measures, explaining how the state determines which schools are doing well.

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Education
6:00 am
Fri September 27, 2013

The JCPS Schools That Didn't Meet State Goals in Kentucky Test Results

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In Jefferson County Public Schools, 44 percent of schools didn't meet their goals as outlined by the Kentucky Department of Education in the state test results released Friday.

Here are graphics showing which JCPS schools didn't meet their state goals in the latest round of tests, plus comparisons to the overall state and JCPS averages.

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Education
6:35 am
Thu September 26, 2013

JCPS Schools Aren't Using Textbook Money

Jefferson County Public Schools officials say many schools are not spending textbook funds that are allocated to them, which has led the district to reconsider the amount of per-student textbook funding its providing to schools this year.

Over the past several years the Kentucky Department of Education has not supported textbook funding, leaving local school districts to pick up the tab. 

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