Jefferson County Public Schools

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7:00 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Jefferson County Ranks 60th (Out of Kentucky's 120 Counties) In Children's Well-Being

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More than anywhere in Kentucky, the well-being of children in Jefferson County is inconsistent, according to data released Tuesday  in the 2014 Kids Count County Data Book.

In health, Jefferson County ranks No. 12. In education, it ranks No. 112.

“No county in Kentucky has a higher variability than Jefferson County," said Terry Brooks, executive director for Kentucky Youth Advocates, which released the report.

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Education
9:38 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

JCPS May Put Schools of Innovation in Maupin Elementary, Myers Middle Buildings

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Under a proposal unveiled Monday, the winners of Jefferson County Public Schools' School of Innovation competition would go into two existing district buildings—Maupin Elementary near the Parkland neighborhood and the former Myers Middle off Klondike Lane.

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Education
3:00 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

JCTA's Political Action Committee Endorses Four Jefferson County School Board Candidates

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Four candidates vying for seats on the Jefferson County board of education have the endorsement of the Better Schools Kentucky PAC, an extension of the Jefferson County Teachers Association.

Brent McKim, the JCTA president, said on Tuesday the political action committee of the teacher’s union will support Diane Porter (District 1), Linda Duncan (District 5), Stephanie Horne (District 3) and Lisa Willner (District 6) during their campaigns for Jefferson County school board.

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Education
6:58 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Chart: 50 Highest Real Estate Tax Levies By Kentucky School Districts

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On Monday night, the Jefferson County Board of Education unanimously decided to keep the school district's real estate tax levy the same as the previous year—71 cents per $100 of a resident's assessed property value. The 71-cent rate established in 2013 will continue through the 2014-15 fiscal year.

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Education
11:11 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Jefferson County School Board Votes to Keep Property Tax Rate Unchanged

Jefferson County Teachers Association President Brent McKim speaks Monday night to the school board before the property tax vote.
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The Jefferson County Board of Education voted Monday night to leave its property tax rate unchanged for the new fiscal year.

That means the current rate of 71 cents per $100 of a resident’s assessed property value will not change.  At that rate, a person who owns real estate valued at $100,000 would pay $710 annually in tax.

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Education
6:56 am
Mon August 25, 2014

As School Board Considers Tax Tonight, Hargens Says JCPS Must be 'Stewards of Every Dollar'

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Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Donna Hargens said the district increasing taxes just to boost revenue would not be responsible, even though it faces a near $20-million budget deficit.

“We have to be stewards of every dollar,” Hargens told WFPL on Friday. 

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Education
4:44 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Early School Start Times Lead To Lower Test Scores, Study Says

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Students attending Kentucky elementary schools with early start times fare worse than students who start school later, according to a report recently published in the American Psychological Association's Journal of Educational Psychology.

The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Kentucky and Auburn University, collected 2011-2012 school year data from 718 Kentucky elementary schools, representing every school district in the state, according to Peggy Keller, lead researcher and UK psychology assistant professor.

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Education
7:28 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

JCPS Officials to Recommend No Property Tax Increase for 2014-15

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Jefferson County Public Schools administrators will recommend that the district's real estate and property tax rates remain unchanged for the 2014-15 fiscal year, JCPS said in a statement released late Wednesday.

If the school board approves, the rate will stay .71 cents per $100 of assessed value. That means resident whose property's value is assessed at $100,000 will pay $710 to JCPS for the year. The Jefferson County Board of Education will vote on the proposal at Monday evening's meeting after a public hearing.

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Education
11:30 am
Wed August 20, 2014

State Law Says Kentucky Students Can Miss School To Go To The Fair

Carson Cameron, 7, left, and Caleb Cameron, 11, climb on hay bales.
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Jefferson County High School students returned to class a week ago—creating a rare instance where the Kentucky State Fair started after the first day of school.

But JCPS students can still visit the fair on a weekday. State law makes it possible for students to have an excused absence as early as the second day of the school year to attend the Kentucky State Fair.

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Education
5:02 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Bus Duty Helps a JCPS Teacher Connect With New Students

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It’s back to school for nearly 100,000 Jefferson County public school students.

On Wednesday morning, about 250 of those students rolled up in nearly a dozen buses to Newcomer Academy, located in west Louisville.

Newcomer is a school for students who are learning English as a second language. The school serves many of the district’s refugee and immigrant students—many of whom came to the U.S. knowing little or no English.

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