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Education
1:13 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

JCPS Has Received 15 Commitment Letters From 'School of Innovation' Designers So Far

School of the future according to the hit show The Jetsons.
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Officials say they’ve received 15 letters of intent so far from groups or individuals who want to design the next Jefferson County public school.

The district announced its School of Innovation Design Competition last month, which allows anyone to submit ideas that JCPS staff could potentially help become a reality.

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Politics
8:00 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Hal Heiner: JCPS Equity Scorecard Results Are 'Unacceptable'

Kentucky Charter Schools Association Chair Hal Heiner

Jefferson County Public School officials and supporters are hoping a new report displaying student inequity will get the community more involved to help close achievement gaps parallel with the so-called Ninth Street Divide.

But one community leader argues the numbers should be a catalyst for elected leaders and others to open their minds up to alternative educational options for students who aren't being left behind in Louisville's public school system.

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Politics
3:05 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

CLOUT: JCPS Must Fix Racial Gap in Student Punishment

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The group Citizens of Louisville Organized and United Together (CLOUT) is taking Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Donna Hargens to task over racial disparities in student suspensions and other disciplinary action.

An equity scorecard released by the school district on Monday shows African-American students are more likely to be disciplined than their white classmates in Louisville's public school system.

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Education
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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Education
3:25 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

JCPS Committee Proposes Giving Former Drug Offenders Second Chance To Volunteer

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The Jefferson County Board of Education will consider a new policy later this month to allow some ex-offenders with drug convictions a second chance to volunteer in schools.

In JCPS, hundreds of parents are rejected from volunteering because the district bans anyone with a felony or drug and alcohol conviction from volunteering in supervisory roles.

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Education
1:01 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

JCPS Wants You To Design The First 'School of Innovation'

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If you could design your own school, what would it look like?

That’s the question posed to Jefferson County residents by the school district, which will consider the best idea for creating the first “school of innovation” and help it become a reality as early as the 2015-2016 school year, officials said Tuesday.

“I would like to see classrooms get dumped in general,” says Fred Durham, co-founder of Café Press in Louisville.

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Education
1:45 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Jefferson County Public Schools Considers Easing Restrictions for Ex-Felon Parent Volunteers

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Some parents with felony backgrounds who are banned from volunteering in Jefferson County Public Schools may soon be allowed the privilege.

Volunteer applicants in JCPS are automatically rejected from assisting schools in a supervisory role if they are convicted of, or plead guilty to, any felony—no matter how long ago it happened.

(Click here to see WFPL's previous coverage on rejected volunteers.)

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Education
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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