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.
Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL News

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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10:00 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Education Grawemeyer Winner Diane Ravitch: 'There’s a Tsunami of Change, Not All of It’s Good'

Diane Ravitch is the 2014 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award winner in education.

If you’re into education and you've heard the name Diane Ravitch you may either shudder or nod approvingly.

Ravitch was once a strong supporter of standardized testing and charter schools, but has more recently become a leading voice against many trendy reforms that are now ingrained in U.S. public education.

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12:27 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

JCPS Says Student Equity Needs Community Response, Releases 'Equity Scorecards'

A group of community, city and school leaders discuss how JCPS can be more equitable.

Dozens of community leaders and educators formed groups Monday morning at the Jefferson County Public Schools district office and discussed how the community and schools can better support student equity.

This isn’t a project, officials promised.

Instead, JCPS hopes ‘equity scorecard’—which measure student and school disparities in the district through data and surveys—can be a catalyst to improve inequity in public school culture and data.

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4:00 am
Mon November 25, 2013

JCPS Hosts Equity Summit, Asks Public To Help Solve Existing Disparities


The Jefferson County school district is asking the public to join the discussion on how local education can be more equitable.

Jefferson County Public Schools will release its equity scorecard data to the public Monday morning, which will highlight where schools should direct resources to close achievement gaps and to provide equal opportunities for all students.

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9:48 am
Wed November 20, 2013

National Report Says Kentucky Uses Education Data Well

There are 10 actions states can implement to ensure the most effective use of education data, according to DQC.

Kentucky has again received high marks for  its collection and use  of education data to improve student outcomes.

The annual Data for Action 2013 report was released this week and it showed Kentucky met all but one action that ensures the most effective use of data, according to Data Quality Campaign.

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2:55 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Louisville Needs to 'Pick Up the Pace' for 55,000 Degrees Goal Despite Record Number of Degrees


More working-age adults in Louisville have earned college degrees than ever before, but the area still struggles to meet industry demand and is not on track to reach several education goals, according to the third annual 55,000 Degrees progress report released Monday.

“We’ve got to pick up the pace,” says Mayor Greg Fischer who chairs the 55,000 Degrees initiative—a private-public partnership introduced in 2010 to create and guide goals that include half the city’s population obtaining an associate degree of higher by 2020.

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