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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
11:48 am
Mon August 19, 2013

What's New in Jefferson County Public Schools This Year

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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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Education
8:27 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

JCPS Approves New Teachers Union Contract; Board Member Questions Paying Union President

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The Jefferson County Board of Education has approved a new five-year bargaining agreement with the teachers union, but the vote was not unanimous.  

The contract was approved 5-1—board member David Jones Jr. was absent—and will mean more flexibility for principals and schools when hiring new teachers and no cost-of-living increases.

Click here to read the contract.

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Education
9:00 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Anti-Union Group 'Pleased With Progress' In Teachers Contract, JCPS School Board Votes Tonight

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Leaders from Kids First Louisville—one of the groups that have criticized the Jefferson County Teachers Association—now say they’re pleased with progress the district and union have made on the new teachers' contract, which will be voted on by the school board Wednesday night. 

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Local News
8:00 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Labor Agreement Between JCPS and JCTA Released

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The agreement reached in June between Jefferson County Public Schools and the Jefferson County Teachers Association on a new labor contract has been released publicly.

You can read it here.

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Local News
11:41 am
Mon June 24, 2013

What's Next in the JCPS-JCTA Contract Process

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Late Friday, Jefferson County Public Schools announced that it had reached a tentative agreement on a new labor deal with the Jefferson County Teachers Association.

The changes would, among other things, expand the field of potential job candidates for principals who have vacancies for teachers. It also means that teachers wouldn't get a cost of living pay increase next year. For more, check out Friday's story about the agreement.

So what happens next?

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Education
9:00 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Jefferson County Public Schools and Teachers Reach Tentative Agreement on Contract

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Principals would hire teachers from an expanded list of transfer prospects under a tentative labor contract agreement reached Friday by Jefferson County Public Schools and the teachers' union.

The negotiations between JCPS and the Jefferson County Teachers Association began June 3 and were accompanied by calls for the union to make concessions from a couple of groups, which argued that the current contract impedes needed changes for struggling schools.

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Education
10:06 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Jefferson County Teachers Association Ad Counters 'Kids First Louisville' Criticism

The Jefferson County Teachers Association has responded to radio ads attacking the union ahead of contract negotiations with ads of their own.

The group Kids First Louisville paid for the ads that claim the JCTA’s contract creates barriers to improving student success.

Kids First Louisville Chair David Nicklies says the group has support from teachers, parents and community members but it's unclear who exactly these individuals are.

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Education
7:01 am
Sun June 2, 2013

Negotiations Begin: Can JCPS Find Common Ground With The Teachers Union?

Jefferson County Public Schools officials enter negotiations with the teachers union Monday to reconsider contract language that hasn’t been changed since 2005. With the backdrop being  criticism from state education officials and school reform advocates, many eyes will be watching closely.

Here's a primer on what issues will be negotiated and how the process works.

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Politics
12:39 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

'Kids First' Launches Radio Ad Targeting Louisville Teacher's Union Contract Deal

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A new radio ad is taking aim at the Jefferson County Teachers Association ahead of its contract negotiations with the school district.

As WFPL's Devin Katayama reported earlier this week, Kids First Louisville is trying to raise awareness about the upcoming talks while criticizing the union's contract. Leaders with Kids First argue the JCTA bargain is one of the more restrictive agreements in the country and blocks needed reforms at low-performing schools.

The 60-second spot will begin airing Tuesday and run for about two weeks.

It says the city's public schools are failing children and slams "union bosses" for putting their needs ahead of students. It also focuses on comments made by Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday, who said the worst performing schools in Jefferson County were committing "academic genocide" against students.

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