Jefferson County Public Schools

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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Education
8:04 am
Wed August 13, 2014

With School Choice, How Do Struggling JCPS Schools Attract Students?

Katy Zeitz, Waggener High School's principal since 2011.
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Gay Adelmann moved to Louisville in summer 2013 with her son, who was preparing to enter his freshman year of high school.  They immediately began looking for schools. That wasn't new to the family—they'd moved around the country several times before.

But Louisville would be different.

"Everywhere we had moved, we would pick out a school then choose a house," she said.

"Here it is a little bit different—you can pick your house then choose a school,which made it a little bit more difficult."

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Back to School
7:00 am
Tue August 12, 2014

What JCPS Is Doing to Accommodate 'Explosive Growth' In 'English as a Second Language' Students

Nurradin Hussein at home this summer with his family. He quickly learned English and he credits the Newcomer Academy, which serves refugee students and others who need extra supports.
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 Nurradin Hussein, 18, knew several languages when he arrived in Louisville last year.

English wasn't one of them.

“When I go to class, I quiet,” said Hussein, whose family were refugees in Malaysia after fleeing anti-Muslim violence in Burma. “And I listen. But I don’t understand what [the] teacher is talking about.”

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Education
11:39 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Jefferson County School Board Votes To End Four Magnet Programs

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The start of school this week at Jefferson County Public Schools will mark the beginning of the end for four district magnet school programs.

On Monday night, the Jefferson County Board of Education unanimously voted to end magnet programs at Jacob Elementary, McFerran Elementary, Rangeland Elementary and Rutherford Elementary.

The recommendation to end these programs comes months after a system-wide review of the district’s magnet programs found that a handful of schools had programs that were not “magnetic enough,” said Bob Rodosky, the district’s chief data officer.

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Education
8:09 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Two Concepts Win the JCPS School of Innovation Competition

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Updated: The Jefferson County Board of Education on Monday unanimously chose two concepts—the Catalpa School and the Louisville Reach Academy—as the winners of the School of Innovation competition.

For Abby Terranova and three other JCPS teachers who formed the Catalpa School concept, the cheers from the roughly 100 people at Monday's meeting were nine months in the making.

“It’s been a longtime dream of all of ours,” she said.

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Education
9:00 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Jefferson County Board of Education to Choose School of Innovation

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The Jefferson County Board of Education is expected during Monday's meeting to choose a winner for the Schools of Innovation competition. 

The competition called for community members to submit proposals for a new public school concept. It began in December after the state designated Jefferson County Public Schools a Kentucky District of Innovation, which allows it to forego certain state education rules.

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Education
8:22 am
Sun August 3, 2014

Postcards From The Common Core Classroom

Normally, nail polish on a desk would be a sign of distraction. Not in this Common Core classroom.
Becky Vevea WBEZ

Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 4:23 pm

The Common Core State Standards have become a political hot potato. In some cases, a punching bag. (Pick your cliche.) But the fact remains that, in 43 states and the District of Columbia, the standards are being used — and big changes in what we expect of young students mean many teachers are also having to rethink what and how they teach.

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Education
9:48 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Tonight, the Jefferson County Board of Education Hears 'School of Innovation' Proposals

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Four groups who have proposed the next Jefferson County public school will make their pitches Monday to the school board, which next month will choose a winning design.

The JCPS School Design Competition was introduced to the community last year. After whittling down more than 60 proposals, district leaders worked with the four finalist groups. Monday night, the groups will present actionable plans that could be implemented by the 2015-2016 school year.

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