8:00 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Bullitt County's 1912 Test for Eighth-Graders is Difficult

This image is making the rounds on the Internet this week. It's a test apparently given to eighth-graders in Bullitt County in 1912.

The gist of all the commentary can be summarized this way: "Some of these questions are really difficult to figure out."

The test was  posted on the Bullitt County History website, which is a project of the Bullitt County Genealogical Society. Here's a section:

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5:13 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Brain Drain Series: 'While I Had Been Away, Louisville Had Grown Up'


Patty Payette graduated from the University of Louisville with a master's in English, but left the city in 1995 to earn her Ph.D in East Lansing, Mich.

Over the years, she would visit Louisville and was able to watch its slow but progressive growth. She returned permanently several years later with her husband and children.

Payette sat down to talk for our series on "brain drain" and growing talent in the city. She says when she returned she was looking for new challenges.

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3:50 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

AP: Former Indiana Schools Superintendent Tony Bennett urged Staff to Improve Charter School's Grade

Tony Bennett

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana's A-F school grading system faces scrutiny over emails showing that education leaders scrambled to overhaul the program at least in part to ensure that a prominent Republican donor's charter school received a top mark.

The September 2012 emails obtained by The Associated Press show former schools Superintendent Tony Bennett urging his staff to find a way to give Christel House an A grade despite poor test scores in algebra that earned it a C.

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3:10 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Greater Clark Schools Prepares To Give Every 3-12 Student Their Own Computer

This school year, 8,000 GCCS students will each have their own laptop.
Credit Courtesy of Greater Clark County Schools

Greater Clark County Schools is preparing to roll out its new initiative that will put nearly 8,000 laptop computers into the hands of its students.

“This allows learning to take place no matter where the student is at. No matter what the student is doing they will have a device that they can go to, to help them gain access to the wealth of knowledge that is out there,” says Brett Clark, GCCS technology director.

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8:00 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Labor Agreement Between JCPS and JCTA Released

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The agreement reached in June between Jefferson County Public Schools and the Jefferson County Teachers Association on a new labor contract has been released publicly.

You can read it here.

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3:14 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

African American Ministers Call for JCPS-JCTA Contract Negotiations to be Done Publicly

Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL News

About two dozen African American pastors on Tuesday called for Jefferson County Public Schools and the Jefferson County Teachers to open ongoing contract negotiations to the public.

The pastors also called for the new contract to allow principals more leeway to dismiss underperforming teachers, students more access to teachers before and after school hours and for struggling students to be paired with more experienced teachers.

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6:49 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

What is JCPS Doing to Improve Literacy?


Literacy is a gateway skill for the American dream, says Dr. Robert Cooter, dean of Bellarmine's School of Education.

Illiteracy impacts the economy. Children who can't read are less likely to go to college. It can effect their lifespan and it correlates with the School-to-Prison Pipeline.

On Monday, I hosted a WFPL news special on literacy with Gwen Snow, associate principal of JCPS' ESL Newcomer Academy,  Maria Carrico, an Extended School Services (ESS) coordinator and Dr. Robert Cooter, dean of Bellarmine’s School of Education. Listen to the full show below.

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9:01 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Students Describe What Should Be Included In The Next JCPS Magnet School


This week, a group of Jefferson County Public Schools students presented to the school board what they would include in the "next JCPS magnet" school.

Slides from the presentation are at the bottom of this story. Among the ideas were smaller class sizes, diverse class makeup that not entirely based on student performance, however they also say students should earn their spot within the school. Ideas also included more "hands on" and "real world" experience.

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10:30 pm
Sat May 11, 2013

Noise and Notes: The 'Herculean' JCPS Audit, Teacher's Union Blasted and Charter Schools

Jefferson County Public Schools is set to be the subject of a what observers are calling a "Herculean" state audit to review Kentucky's largest school district.

It's unclear what the JCPS audit will turn up, but most agree a review of the city's $1 billion budget with over 100,000 students is long overdue. Some school board members object to the examination by saying JCPS has been probed enough, but critics argue paying $125,000 to learn more about the district's finances and administration is important.

The review will focus on contracts, travel expenses and ethics policies, and especially the financial and administrative operations of the central office.

"This is the result of properly focused policy makers organically having conversations about how important public education is," Audit Adam Edelen has said.

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8:00 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Kentucky High School Best in the U.S., Says Newsweek/The Daily Beast

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Newsweek and The Daily Beast have again set out to find the best high school in the United States, based on which schools are doing the best job preparing students for college.

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