7:00 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Why Measuring What Kentucky's Kindergartners Know is Useful

This afternoon, we find out how prepared Kentucky's kindergarten students were entering the 2013-2014 school year last fall.

The Kentucky Education Department releases its first ever statewide results of its kindergarten screener.

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11:25 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

JCPS Suspends 10% Fewer Students, but More Information is Needed to Know What's Working


Suspensions are down this year in Jefferson County Public Schools, but officials warn the district needs more proof before saying what works.

African American students make up the bulk of those suspensions (about two-thirds). But data presented to the school board Monday night suggests the group saw a decrease of around 10 percent in the first four months of this school year, which is on par with white students.

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Strange Fruit
2:21 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Strange Fruit: Trans* Students in Louisville; Historical Context for the "Black Woman Chair"

Devin, Makuthi and Mwende in Kenya


This week, we're joined by WFPL's Devin Katayama. Devin covers the education beat for the station, and he sat down with us to talk about his newest project, focusing on the experiences of trans* high school students in Louisville.

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12:09 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Former JCPS Board Members Imhoff and Hujo Jump Into Louisville Metro Council Race

Credit Joseph Lord

Candidates in Kentucky have a week left to file to run for office, and two former school board members have jumped in the race for the Louisville Metro Council .

Former JCPS school board chair Steve Imhoff is so far up against eight other Democrats in the primaries for retiring Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh’s seat in District 9, which includes parts  St. Matthews and Crescent Hill.

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3:51 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

ACT Testing Company Investigating Louisville Male High School


Officials with the Kentucky Department of Education confirm that the ACT testing company is investigating Jefferson County Public School's Male High School. 

The investigation is being led by ACT Compass, according to KDE spokeswoman Nancy Rodriguez. The Compass is not to be confused with the ACT college entrance exam that high school juniors take each year, though the exam can be used to measure college and career readiness or for local district assessments, says Rodriguez.

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8:59 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

JCPS Drafts 'Preliminary' Budget, But Must Wait For State Action


The Jefferson County school board got its first look at next year's budget Monday, but state funding and results of an unfinished audit will likely force the district to make changes before it receives final approval in the fall.

“I think we’re being very optimistic,” says Cordelia Hardin, the chief financial officer who has helped craft over two dozen dozen budgets.

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7:45 am
Sun December 29, 2013

JCPS School Board Members Share New Year's Resolutions

If you don't believe in making New Year's resolutions then maybe making new goals is your thing.

Either way, we've asked Jefferson County school board members to share their "resolutions" with us. The invitation was sent to all seven board members; below are the responses from those who participated.

There was little guidance on what themes or parts of being a board member should be considered. Some reflected on larger ideas in public education while others chose personal challenges.

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8:16 am
Wed December 18, 2013

JCPS, Kentucky Among National Leaders in Adding National Board Certified Teachers

Jefferson County Public Schools added the fourth most National Board-certified teachers last school year out of all districts nationwide.

And Kentucky added the sixth most board certified teachers out of all the states.

The advanced certification is a rigorous performance-based process that can take up to three years to complete. It’s a voluntary credential that compliments degrees and other standards that are required by individual states.

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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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5:17 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

JCPS Says 67 'School of Innovation' Commitment Letters Received

Credit Hanna-Barbera

Jefferson County Public Schools has received 67 letters of intent to design the first ever School of Innovation.

When JCPS announced its School of Innovation Design Competition last month officials  told the public to think big.  They said any individual or group could submit an  idea, which will be due at the end of January.

The proposals can include suggestions on new ways to educate. City innovation director Ted Smith says the ideas should "make us gasp."

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