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Education
12:58 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Jefferson County PTA Membership Down, Leaders Say Parent Engagement Crucial

While local PTA leaders have stressed the importance of parent engagement, membership in Jefferson County’s 15th District PTA has decreased the last three years.

Parent engagement has long been said to be crucial to student success, and local leaders are asking parents to step up participation.

President Cherie Dimar said in the 2009-2010 school year the 15th District PTA—which includes 141 local PTAs—had 55,521 members. The following year there were 47,287 members and last year membership was at 41,514.

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Politics
9:36 pm
Sat July 21, 2012

Noise and Notes: The Racial Achievement Gap in JCPS and The Contentious Landmarks Ordinance

Louisville Public Media

A report by the Bluegrass Institute showed the achievement gaps in Jefferson County Public Schools along lines of race are actually wider in the East End of Louisville.

The conservative think tank unveiled some troubling numbers last month and organizations supportive of charter schools, such as the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO), argue the report underscores the student-assignment plan has failed African-American students.

JCPS officials have said they are aware of the problem and are committed to changing the numbers, but impatience is growing as three seats open on the school board this year.

I spoke with WFPL’s education reporter Devin Katayama and former Louisville Metro Councilman Dr. Deonte Hollowell, who is a BAEO member, about the report’s ramifications on the education debate.

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Education
5:00 am
Wed July 18, 2012

JCPS Assistant Principals Back to School

Semple Elementary Principal Danielle Randle says she's feeling the jitters this week being back at school.

Jefferson County Public Schools elementary principals are in class this week prepping for the end of summer vacation, and many are not alone.

Earlier this year, the school board approved the hiring of assistant principals for elementary schools with more than 400 students.

Of the nearly 80 schools eligible, all but a dozen principals have already hired their assistants, who officially begin Wednesday.

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Education
2:29 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

JCPS Elementary Principals Receive List of Assistant Principal Candidates

 

Jefferson County Public Schools elementary principals have received a list of candidates they can hire as assistants for next school year and some are eager to begin the process.

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Education
11:47 am
Tue June 26, 2012

JCPS Board Chair Imhoff Steps Aside, Porter to Lead

 

Jefferson County Board of Education chairman Steve Imhoff has  stepped aside for the remaining few months of his term.

The chair position, and leader of the seven member JCPS board, will be vice-chair Diane Porter. Imhoff is one of three board members retiring from his duties at the end of this year. Imhoff, who works as an attorney, said the three trials he has over the next six months is the primary reason for his decision and he said Porter is well qualified for the position.

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Education
1:17 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Local Business Supports JCPS Principal Development

 

Several Jefferson County Public Schools principals will begin workshops this week in an effort to improve their leadership skills.

The program called Leadership Institute for School Principals was offered last year by the Kentucky Chamber Foundation as a pilot project. Principals participate in workshops offered by the Center for Creative Leadership in North Carolina. This year, the program is fully funded at $9,000 per principal by local businesses.

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Education
1:03 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Group Will Discuss JCPS Disciplinary Practices

African American non-special education students made up 33 percent of the enrollment. White students made up 51 percent.

Residents, child advocacy groups, and Jefferson County Public Schools officials will attend a meeting Tuesday night to discuss the district’s disciplinary practices, which have been called into question in the past year.

JCPS is one of the top districts in the state that disproportionately disciplines minority and disability students, according University of Kentucky report based on 2008-2009 data. 

Of the top 10 districts that show disproportionate ratios, JCPS is the only one that hasn’t adequately changed its policy, said attorney Leslie Jones with the independent state agency Kentucky Protection and Advocacy.

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Education
6:42 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Report: Achievement Gaps Higher in East End

The Bluegrass Institute has released a report showing the largest achievement gaps in Jefferson County Public Schools occur in classrooms in the eastern part of the county.

The policy group created the report for the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO), which is urging lawmakers to approve charter schools. Charters were rejected by the General Assembly this past legislative session, but some believe the issue made progress.

“Let’s bring somebody into this state that has a proven record that will make a difference with our children,” said Pastor Jerry Stephenson, Louisville's BAEO coordinator. The current education system isn’t working and the despair of the education system can be seen in the violence in certain West Louisville neighborhoods, he said.

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Education
8:52 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Studies Favor JCPS Turnaround Model “Project Proficiency”

The graph shows the progress at-risk students made from 8th grade (x) to 11th (y).

Part 2 of WFPL’s series this week looking at three collaborative studies on Project Proficiency from JCPS administrators.

For the first time, studies are showing the affects of Jefferson County Public Schools’ "Project Proficiency," the district’s response for turning around student achievement in its persistently low-achieving (PLA) schools, according to the No Child Left Behind Act. 

The effort ensures all students understand the top concepts in math and reading in-depth, and it requires teacher collaboration to improve student achievement.

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Education
6:00 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Studies Favor JCPS Turnaround Model “Project Proficiency”

Students receiving grade of A or B and scoring Proficient or Distinguished on KCCT.

Part 1 of WFPL’s series this week looking at three collaborative studies on Project Proficiency from JCPS administrators.

For the first time, studies are showing the affects of Jefferson County Public Schools’ "Project Proficiency," the district’s response for turning around student achievement in its persistently low-achieving (PLA) schools, according to the No Child Left Behind Act. 

The effort ensures all students understand the top concepts in math and reading in depth, and it requires teacher collaboration to move the lowest achieving students forward.

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