4:20 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Jefferson County Public Schools Will Be A 'District Of Innovation'

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Jefferson County Public Schools is among the four school districts that were recommended and approved to become Kentucky’s first "Districts of Innovation."

Under state law, school districts can apply for exemption from certain Kentucky Department of Education regulations. These districts are called Districts of Innovation.

Sixteen school districts applied this year, but only four were recommended by the Kentucky Department of Education and then approved by the Kentucky Board of Education Wednesday.

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10:06 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Jefferson County Teachers Association Ad Counters 'Kids First Louisville' Criticism

The Jefferson County Teachers Association has responded to radio ads attacking the union ahead of contract negotiations with ads of their own.

The group Kids First Louisville paid for the ads that claim the JCTA’s contract creates barriers to improving student success.

Kids First Louisville Chair David Nicklies says the group has support from teachers, parents and community members but it's unclear who exactly these individuals are.

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4:43 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Details of Jefferson County Public Schools Audit To Be Released Wednesday

Adam Edelen
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Less than a day after the Jefferson County Public Schools board asked State Auditor Adam Edelen to look into the district's finances and policies, Edelen has responded. 

On Wednesday morning, Edelen, Mayor Greg Fischer, Superintendent Donna Hargens and Board of Education Chair Diane Porter will announce the scope of the state audit of JCPS.

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Local News
4:52 am
Wed January 16, 2013

JCPS Open, On Schedule Wednesday

  After Tuesday night's winter weather, all Jefferson County Public Schools are open and running on their regular schedules. District officials announced the decision early this morning.

City crews began treating the roads last night as precipitation fell.

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11:56 am
Tue January 15, 2013

PULSE: How Education Activists Are Changing Students' Voices

The Pulse project was formed after a successful student-attended school board candidate forum last year.

Treasure Rogers is one of several Jefferson County Public Schools students who attended a school board forum last year. It was organized by two young education activists who just thought it would be cool to hold a forum in which students could participate.

“I asked a question and the candidates seemed like they really liked the question and they gave great feedback. So I’m like, how can we now act on it because you can’t change nothing if you just say it. You have to make actions to build upon for a change so how can I do that?” she says.

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11:37 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Planned Lawsuit Would Seek to Prevent David Jones Jr. from Taking JCPS Board Seat

David Jones Jr.

If David Jones Jr. wins a seat next week on the Jefferson County Public Schools board, attorney Ted Gordon will file a lawsuit seeking to prevent the former Humana chairman from taking office, a spokeswoman for Gordon announced on Thursday.

The suit would claim that Jones has conflicts of interest that make his ineligible to serve on the school board. 

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12:36 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

JCPS District 7 Candidates Offer Diverse Experience, Opinions

  • Full audio of WFPL's District 7 debates.

Residents in southeastern Jefferson County will have a pool of school board candidates this fall that range in experience and vision for improving student achievement.

The last of WFPL's Jefferson County Board of Education election debates ended Tuesday night. The five candidates competing for retiring board member Larry Hujo's District 7 seat--Chris Brady, Christopher Fell, Marty Bell, James Sexton and Jonathan Robertson--discussed taxes, charter schools, neighborhood schools and much more.

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Arts and Humanities
4:24 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Actors Theatre Partners with Medical School on High-Flying New Play

Every year, Actors Theatre of Louisville commissions a new multi-writer play to showcase its apprentice company during the Humana Festival of New American Plays. A project already forged through collaborative partnerships will take on a larger role within the community this season. 

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10:23 am
Sun September 16, 2012

Will School Lunch Changes Really Make Students Healthier?

There’s a new push on for healthier school food across the country, in the form of a new law called the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, aimed at updating nutrition standards in the National School Lunch Program. Those new guidelines start taking effect this year. Will they have the desired result?

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11:16 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Measuring Student Achievement in Superintendent Evaluation Could Be a Challenge

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The Jefferson County Board of Education has approved the performance objectives for Superintendent Donna Hargens’s evaluation, but measuring student performance may still be a challenge.

The board approved the criteria at Monday night's board meeting. It measures three major performance objectives, including implementation of the new strategic plan, continuation assessing and organizing management and improving student achievement.

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