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8:52 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

JCPS Officials: 'Equity Scorecards' Can Address Achievement Gaps in Race, Language

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Jefferson County Public Schools will release its first “equity scorecards” for schools in November, which will delve into academic disparities—in race and language, for example—that have existed in the district for years.

The district plans to use the scorecards to guide schools in improving the education outcomes for all students.

“We really need to be honest in terms of challenging the perceptions and the biases that we all hold,” says Judi Vanderhaar, evaluation specialist for JCPS who helped lead the initiative.

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Education
2:51 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

A Louisville Middle School Student Claims Bullying, and How JCPS Responds

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Thirteen-year-old “B.B.”—as he’s called in Circuit Court—says he was teased while attending Thomas Jefferson Middle School and for joining the cheerleading squad there.

“It was in the cafeteria, some was in the classroom and some was in the hallway too and some was in the gym when I was practicing,” he says.

B.B. left Thomas Jefferson and was home schooled beginning April 2012 and now attends Frederick Law Olmsted Academy North, an all male middle school—where he’s still teased, he says.

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Education
12:25 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

JCPS Prepares for Middle and High School Showcase

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Parents and guardians interested in learning more about the options available to their middle and high school students can participate in Jefferson County’s annual Showcase of Schools this week.

“Typically what happens at showcase is you have parents who have done a little bit of research but want to really sit down and talk to the people at the schools, learn as much as they can about the programs that are available and make their best decision,” says district spokesman Ben Jackey.

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Education
5:56 am
Wed October 9, 2013

JCPS Official Sees Positives In More Reports Of Student Bullying

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Jefferson County public school officials say the district’s efforts to combat bullying are resulting in more incident reports—but also more targeted approaches in schools.

In 2011, JCPS and many school districts stepped up their campaigns to address bullying. The school district revised its student behavior code to include a clear definition of what bullying is, aligning it with similar definitions used in other urban school districts, said Jackie Wisman, director of the JCPS Safe and Drug Free School Office.

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Education
6:38 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Kentucky Not Finished With Releasing Accountability Results for Schools

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The Kentucky Department of Education will add a major element to its accountability system in the 2014-2015 school year that wasn’t included with the latest round of results released on Friday.

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Education
7:02 am
Sun September 29, 2013

JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens Discusses Test Results With WFPL

On Friday, the Kentucky Department of Education released results of its statewide school accountability tests, showing for the first time measurable data against the previous year under a new testing system.

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Education
8:18 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

JCPS Board Approves Cell Phone Use For Student Learning In Eight High Schools

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Some Louisville students will soon be able to use cell phones in class after the Jefferson County Board of Education unanimously approved waivers for eight high schools Monday night.

Fairdale, duPont Manual, Iroquois, Seneca, Southern, Valley, Waggener and Ballard high schools requested to be exempt from the district's student conduct policy banning cell phone use throughout JCPS facilities.

The board updated the Code of Conduct this year to allow schools to apply for waivers as long as they seek board approval.

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Education
7:00 am
Sun September 8, 2013

Can Training the Brain Help Struggling Louisville Students' Performance?

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Louisville public school students are participating in a new program that proponents says will strengthen memory processing and create lasting effects for how students learn.

The program, LearningRx, has existed thorough Seven Counties Services since 2011. It focuses on skills tested for IQ,—such as long and short term memory, visual and auditory processing, and logic and reasoning, said Michelle Wright, executive director of Louisville’s LearningRX center.

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Education
4:58 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Louisville Schools for At-Risk Students Say JCPS Not Doing Enough to Keep Kids Safe

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Leaders from five agencies that serve at-risk children in Louisville say the Jefferson County school district isn't doing enough to ensure there are ample employees to keep students and staff safe at their schools.

Maryhurst, St. Joseph Children’s Home, Boys and Girls Haven, Home of the Innocents and Uspiritus (Brooklawn and Bellewood campuses) all treat children with emotional and behavioral disorders, many of whom are wards of the state or have had traumatic life experiences or unstable homes.

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Education
11:08 am
Fri August 30, 2013

JCPS School Board Member David Jones Jr. Talks Tax Increases, Says More Restructuring Needed

Jefferson County Board of Education member David Jones Jr. says although the board’s recently approved tax increase will bring in new revenue, real savings and supports will come from making the district more efficient.

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