Jefferson County Public Schools

Education
6:35 am
Thu September 26, 2013

JCPS Schools Aren't Using Textbook Money

Jefferson County Public Schools officials say many schools are not spending textbook funds that are allocated to them, which has led the district to reconsider the amount of per-student textbook funding its providing to schools this year.

Over the past several years the Kentucky Department of Education has not supported textbook funding, leaving local school districts to pick up the tab. 

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Education
12:31 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

JCPS Considers Reimagination of Several Schools With Innovation in Mind

JCPS officials have proposed changes to The Academy at Shawnee, which is a low performing school.

Officials with the Louisville school district are proposing major changes to a few of its lower performing schools that would extend the school day, shift students around and create new positions.

The JCPS school board met this week to hear proposals that would affect several schools, but are focused on Frost Middle School, Myers Middle School and The Academy at Shawnee (formerly Shawnee High), all of which are deemed priority schools (aka persistently low-achieving schools).

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Education
4:58 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Louisville Schools for At-Risk Students Say JCPS Not Doing Enough to Keep Kids Safe

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Leaders from five agencies that serve at-risk children in Louisville say the Jefferson County school district isn't doing enough to ensure there are ample employees to keep students and staff safe at their schools.

Maryhurst, St. Joseph Children’s Home, Boys and Girls Haven, Home of the Innocents and Uspiritus (Brooklawn and Bellewood campuses) all treat children with emotional and behavioral disorders, many of whom are wards of the state or have had traumatic life experiences or unstable homes.

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Education
2:21 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Sen. Rand Paul Discusses Schools' Rejection of Parent Volunteers

Sen. Rand Paul participated in a panel on charter schools last week.
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Kentucky Senator Rand Paul acknowledges that parents with certain criminal records should be allowed more participation in their children’s education than some school districts allow.

As WFPL reported this week, Jefferson County Public Schools and other school districts ban anyone with a felony offense on their record from participating as a full-time volunteer.

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Education
4:50 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Rand Paul, Mitch McConnell Join Push for Kentucky Charter Schools

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A new push for Kentucky to have charter schools launched on Thursday with political leaders proclaiming their affinity for that particular type of school choice.

Sens. Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell sat on a panel with leaders from the national charter school advocates and others. The discussion was hosted by the Kentucky Charter Schools Association, which was recently created and is led by former Louisville mayoral candidate Hal Heiner. 

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Education
8:46 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

JCPS Officials: All Students Bused Home by 7 p.m.

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Jefferson County Public Schools officials say the last student was delivered home by 6:58 Tuesday night.

The previous two years JCPS has reduced the time buses cleared on the first day of school. Last year, the final bus cleared at 6:38 pm. The year before it was 7:20 pm.

Busing on the first day of school has been closely watched, in large part due to the infamous 2010 school year when the final students weren't delivered home until after 9 p.m. on the first day of class.

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Education
1:30 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Photos | First Day of School at Shelby Elementary

Christina Bush, assists kindergartner Jazlyn Caldwell, age 5.
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The first day of school can be trying for students. In the past several days, several Jefferson County Public schools have been preparing Kindergarteners for Tuesday's first day of class. Photographer Amber Sigman headed to Shelby Elementary School near Shelby Street to capture the scenes of Kindergarteners and other students heading off to school.

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Education
10:53 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Listen | Middletown Elementary Kindergarten Parents Drop Off Kids For First Time

Middletown Elementary School parents sit the the library and share breakfast and conversation. They've just dropped off their kindergartners for the first time.

Saying goodbye to your child as they enter school for the first time can be a mix of anxiousness, sadness, joy and everything in between. 

I went to Middletown Elementary School in the East Louisville, which has opened its doors to parents post-drop off for the past several years to help them cope, talk and take a breather after seeing their child enter the first of several classes they'll see for the next dozen years. They call it "Boo Hoo Breakfast."

Listen below to hear how the parents felt after dropping off their kids to school on Tuesday's first day in class.

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Education
10:30 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Transportation for Jefferson County Public Schools Goes as Expected; a Few Buses Late to Schools

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Jefferson County Public Schools officials say transportation for Tuesday morning's first day of school has gone well.

Ben Jackey, a JCPS spokesman, says some buses carrying elementary students were late to school—but that’s expected on the first day.

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Education
11:48 am
Mon August 19, 2013

What's New in Jefferson County Public Schools This Year

School begins Tuesday for Jefferson County Public Schools students.
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More than 102,000 Jefferson County Public Schools students are preparing for their first day of class Tuesday.

For the school district, Superintendent Donna Hargens says the focus this year is on executing the district’s strategic plan with the resources available.

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