Jefferson County Public Schools

Education
6:00 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Listen to Details From the 12 Semifinalists in the JCPS School of Innovation Competition

JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens kicks off Friday night's School of Innovation forum.
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Jefferson County Public Schools will on Monday night unveil the finalists from the 48 community submissions to design a new school.

The school district plans to open the winning School of Innovation design in the 2015-16 academic year. Last month, JCPS unveiled 12 semifinalists in the competition. Submitters included several teams of JCPS teachers, a group of Louisville museum leaders and a team of educators from Michigan.

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Education
10:25 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Ford Grants $100,000 to Promote Career Readiness Among High Schoolers

A $100,000 grant from Ford Motor Company will help transform some  Jefferson County high schools into career-themed academies.

The grant comes after 18 months of collaboration between  JCPS  officials and community leaders to develop a plan that will help prepare students for life after graduation.

JCPS Superintendant Donna Hargens said the Ford Next Generation Learning program will help connect the classroom to the workplace.

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Local News
11:24 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Winter Storm Dumps Ice, Sleet and Snow on Region

Local and state crews continue the job of clearing the latest round of snow and ice from roadways today.

The winter storm has moved out of the Louisville area, but most roads are still slick and hazardous.

Freezing rain, sleet and several inches of snow forced the closure of area school districts again Monday, including Jefferson County Public Schools.

Highs today will only reach the mid 20s, with overnight lows dipping into the single digits.  

Education
2:33 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Testing Waivers for Kentucky School Districts of Innovation Wins House Committee Approval

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A bill that would modify student assessments in Kentucky public schools has unanimously cleared a House committee.

The measure would permit schools participating in the Kentucky Department of Education’s Districts of Innovation program to implement new testing methods to assess student performance.

Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Donna Hargens testified before the House Education Committee Tuesday morning, saying that alternative assessments won’t be any less rigorous than current ones.

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Local News
7:00 am
Tue February 25, 2014

JCPS' Schools of Innovation Semi-Finalists Are Being Released This Week

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Louisville this week gets its first look at the semi-finalists for Jefferson County Public Schools' Schools of Innovation competition. 

Last year, JCPS asked the community to submit new, innovative concepts for schools—and 48 people or groups did. Its tied to the state's Districts of Innovation program, which frees districts of some regulations in an effort to drive new approaches to education.

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Education
5:16 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Last Chance to Fill Out JCPS Comprehensive School Survey Coming Up

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The last opportunity to participate in the JCPS Comprehensive School Survey will be March 7, an extended date because of the school system's nine snow days.

The survey is offered by Jefferson County Public Schools to get input on various issues related to the school system, from student safety to school cleanliness. Marco Munoz of JCPS's accountability, research  and planning office says public engagement is key to making the survey useful.

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Education
7:00 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Kentucky Education Officials Consider Rescheduling ACT Test Date

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Despite excessive snow days, officials with Jefferson County Public Schools have recommended the statewide ACT test for high school juniors not be rescheduled.

The decision stems from a survey issued by the Kentucky Department of Education to gauge the effect the missed school days have had on student’s preparation.

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Local News
6:03 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Snow (Again) Expected in Louisville Area

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Update 4:33 p.m.: Latest

Downtown Louisville is getting a rain/snow mix at the moment, but the National Weather Service is still forecasting two to four inches of snow (with more to the north) and cautioning about the Friday afternoon commute. 

In its latest update, the weather service said the mix will convert to snow in the afternoon through evening as it heads south. 

Update 12:04 p.m.: UofL Closing Early

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Education
4:30 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Jefferson County Public Schools Will Have Class on Feb. 24-25 Because of Missed Days

Snow in Old Louisville earlier in February.
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Update 8:22 p.m.: School Board Gives OK

Jefferson County Public Schools students are to be in class on Feb. 24 and Feb. 25, although the dates were initially on the academic calendar to be off days.

The change is being undertaken because of eight missed school days because of winter weather.

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Education
6:30 am
Mon February 10, 2014

New Faces Join Opposition To Jefferson County School Discipline Practices

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A community group opposed to Jefferson County Public Schools’ discipline policies has gained more supporters and plans to meet this week to unify its message to the district.

Officials with the faith-based group Citizens of Louisville Organized and United Together, or CLOUT, say suspensions and other discipline in JCPS disproportionately affect African American students.

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