Jefferson County Public Schools

Education
7:00 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Graphics | How Ready For Classes Were Kindergartners at Each Jefferson County Public School

Christina Bush, assists kindergartner Jazlyn Caldwell, age 5.
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Slightly more than half of this year's Jefferson County Public School kindergartners entered school ready, which, of course, means slightly less than half weren't.

For JCPS, the breakdown is: 47.7 percent weren't ready, 52.3 percent were ready. (Here's more on what "ready" means.)

Here's a further breakdown of the JCPS kindergarten screener data. 

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Education
9:01 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Kentucky to Release Results of Kindergarten Readiness Screenings This Week

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The Kentucky Department of Education plans to release the results of its kindergarten readiness screeners this week, officials say.

The screeners test whether children entering kindergarten have the social, emotional and motor skills needed to be successful in school. They're becoming increasingly popular with states that give priority to early intervention in schools.

Last year, 109 Kentucky school districts and more than 30,000 students were screened using the Brigance screeners.

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Education
12:59 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Chart: The Times Weather Caused JCPS to Close Schools Since 1980

Third Street in downtown Louisville on Tuesday morning.
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Update March 4: Jefferson County Public Schools have now closed 11 times this school year. 

Jefferson County Public Schools (and many other Louisville area school districts) called off classes Tuesday even before snow really started falling.

It was a prescient decision—roads throughout the region became slick during the morning commute.

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Education
3:00 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

JCPS Competition to Design a School Getting Greater Than Expected Participation

School of the future according to the hit TV show The Jetsons.
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Officials with Jefferson County Public Schools anticipate they’ll get more proposals than expected for a competition to design a school.

It’s a good mix of applicants, says Jonathan Lowe, who heads the district’s School of Innovation Design Competition.  The winner will receive help from JCPS to see their dream school become a reality.

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Education
10:33 am
Fri January 17, 2014

How JCPS, Greater Clark Handle Winter Weather Decisions

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It happens every time.

Jefferson County Public Schools decides to cancel school because of the weather—or not—and Twitter lights up with comments; some people oppose the decision, some are supportive. 

The issue popped up Friday morning. JCPS is in session; several area school districts aren't.

So, how does JCPS decide to cancel school?

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Local News
3:17 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

JCPS Extends Application, Registration Deadline

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Jefferson County Public Schools is extending its initial school application and registration period by five days.

Spokesman Ben Jackey says the deadline was moved to Wednesday, January 15 because this week’s inclement weather kept some families from getting to registration sites or accessing the Internet.

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Education
7:00 am
Sun January 5, 2014

JCPS Initial School Application Period for 2014-15 Ends Friday

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Update 4:15 p.m. Monday: Mobile Application Canceled

The initial application and registration period for Jefferson County Public Schools ends Friday.

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Education
5:52 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Hosts Debate on Charter Schools

Wayne Lewis and Mary Ruple
Credit Jonathan Meador/Kentucky Public Radio

LEXINGTON — As one of eight states without charter school legislation on its books, the debate in Kentucky is only getting louder as the January session of the General Assembly draws closer.

Wayne Lewis of the Kentucky Charter Schools Association and charter opponent Mary Ruble, assistant executive director of the Kentucky Education Association, duked it out over the course of an hour in a debate hosted by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

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Local News
6:01 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Morning Snow Leads JCPS, Others to Close Tuesday; Others Delay

Snowfall Tuesday morning in downtown Louisville.
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Update 8:45 a.m.: Latest from Transportation Officials

Here's word from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District that covers Jefferson and other counties:

KYTC road crews mobilized at midnight last night. They have been salting the roadways this morning since the precipitation started. With the snow coming down during rush hour, that delays our trucks from covering all of their routes as quickly as we would like due to the extra traffic on the roads.

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Politics
3:04 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Bluegrass Institute Launches 'Free to Learn' Debate Series

The watchdog group Bluegrass Institute is hosting a "Free to Learn" debate series across the Kentucky regarding the lack of charter schools.

The first debate will be held 6 p.m. Tuesday at Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, with others planned for Lexington and Frankfort next month.

Kentucky is one of eight states without a law allowing charter schools, and attempts to pass such a bill have consistently hit a blockade in the Democratic-controlled House.

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