7:00 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Jefferson County Public Schools Is Putting Resource Police Officers in a Few More Buildings

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More police will be working in schools within the Jefferson County Public School district next year.

Funds coming from a federal grant will allow the Louisville Metro Police department to send school resource officers to five additional schools when classes resume in the fall, said Stan Mullen, the director of student safety at JCPS.

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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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11:48 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Louisville Male High School Principal Reassigned Amid State, ACT Investigations

Male High School
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Louisville Male High School's principal has been reassigned because of an investigation into the school's administration of the ACT test, school district officials said Monday.

Male Principal David Mike began his new role at the JCPS central office on Monday. Last week, Mike received a letter from ACT officials stating he was “no longer authorized to access, administer or oversee the administration of tests for any ACT owned or branded products.”

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1:52 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Mayor Greg Fischer's Gas Tax Would Cost JCPS

A Jeffeson County Public School board meeting
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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s proposed franchise fee on natural gas could have a significant impact on the Jefferson County Public School system, district officials told WFPL.

If a fee is approved by the Metro Council at Thursday's meeting, the school district may see an additional cost of nearly $120,000 per year, according to a statement from the district’s chief financial officer, Cordelia Hardin.

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6:53 am
Fri May 23, 2014

The (Slow) Progress to Understanding of Transgender Students in Louisville and Beyond

The Genderbread Person was created by author Sam Killerman. It helps explain what being transgender means.
Credit Sam Killermann

Over the years, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender—LGBT—people have fought for equal rights in the courts, city halls, and state capitols.

But perhaps one of the most important places to have this conversation is in schools, where many students first realize who they are.

In Louisville, that conversation has been taking place around transgender student rights and it started at Atherton High School.

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3:29 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

State Audit of Jefferson County Public Schools Resurfaces Many Old Questions

Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen calls JCPS a "bloated" bureaucracy.
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The long-awaited state audit of Jefferson County Public Schools didn't give many surprises to the district's leader—in part because many of the issues were known to staff and are longstanding.

In fact, some of the same questions were raised in a 2011 audit conducted by Phi Delta Kappa, such as the cost of central administrator salaries.

Why do the questions endure?

"You've got to prioritize," says JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens.

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10:00 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Kentucky State Audit Calls JCPS Administration 'Bloated.' Here Are Some Takeaways.

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Jefferson County Public Schools’ management system is  “bloated" and the district isn’t providing teachers with enough classroom resources, according to a a state audit released Wednesday morning.

Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen’s office has completed its year-long report that includes 45 findings and several more recommendations to reform JCPS management and policies, some of which the district has already begun to implement.

Those policies, he said, could shift into classrooms millions of dollars now spent on administration.

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12:27 am
Tue February 25, 2014

JCPS Board Approves Restaffing of Myers Middle School

Myers Middle School
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The Jefferson County Board of Education on Monday unanimously approved the restaffing of the faculty at Myers Middle School.

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4:49 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

JCPS Gets 48 'School of Innovation' Proposals At Deadline

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The deadline to submit proposals for designing the next Jefferson County public school has passed, and officials say 48 individuals or groups are moving on for review.

Initially, more than 80 groups expressed interest in the School of Innovation Design Competition—which set out to change the look of public education. 

The final 48 submissions will be more than enough to determine a set of strong semi-finalists, says Jonathan Lowe, who helps lead the project for JCPS.  

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2:00 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Half of Kentucky's Kindergartners Entered Ready for School; JCPS Results Slightly Better

Farmer Elementary teacher Gina Kimery helps students learn to add.

Half of Kentucky's kindergartners were ready in the fall to enter the public education system, and Jefferson County's youngest students were slightly more prepared, according to state data released Thursday afternoon.  

This school year all kindergarten students in the state were tested for readiness. Each child was tested as they entered school in five developmental areas, including social, emotional and academic skills.

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