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11:36 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Ja'Nel Johnson to Cover Community Health for WFPL News

Ja'Nel Johnson
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Ja'Nel Johnson has been hired as WFPL News' community health reporter, a new position that will expand the organization's coverage of health and healthcare issues.

Johnson comes to Louisville from KVNO News in Omaha, Neb., where she's been the news director for the last 16 months. She also serves as executive producer of "The Omaha News," a student-produced television show on the Omaha PBS affiliate.

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11:11 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Jefferson County School Board Votes to Keep Property Tax Rate Unchanged

Jefferson County Teachers Association President Brent McKim speaks Monday night to the school board before the property tax vote.
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The Jefferson County Board of Education voted Monday night to leave its property tax rate unchanged for the new fiscal year.

That means the current rate of 71 cents per $100 of a resident’s assessed property value will not change.  At that rate, a person who owns real estate valued at $100,000 would pay $710 annually in tax.

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6:56 am
Mon August 25, 2014

As School Board Considers Tax Tonight, Hargens Says JCPS Must be 'Stewards of Every Dollar'

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Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Donna Hargens said the district increasing taxes just to boost revenue would not be responsible, even though it faces a near $20-million budget deficit.

“We have to be stewards of every dollar,” Hargens told WFPL on Friday. 

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4:44 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Early School Start Times Lead To Lower Test Scores, Study Says

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Students attending Kentucky elementary schools with early start times fare worse than students who start school later, according to a report recently published in the American Psychological Association's Journal of Educational Psychology.

The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Kentucky and Auburn University, collected 2011-2012 school year data from 718 Kentucky elementary schools, representing every school district in the state, according to Peggy Keller, lead researcher and UK psychology assistant professor.

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6:58 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Kentucky Education Officials Eye Grant to Expand Early Childhood Learning

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State education officials are looking to expand preschool services to Kentucky families.

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12:46 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

No Major Issues on the First Day of Jefferson County Public Schools Classes

Students arrive at school on Wednesday.
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Update 7:45 p.m.:  The last student was dropped off from a Jefferson County Public Schools bus at 6:35 p.m., 20 minutes earlier than the first day of school last year, said Ben Jackey, a school district spokesman. Jackey described Wednesday as a "typical first day."

Earlier: Jefferson County Public Schools superintendent Donna Hargens wakes up earlier than usual on the first day of school.  Today, she was up at 3 a.m.

“It’s exciting,” she said.

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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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5:30 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Some Things To Know As JCPS Schools Head Back Into Session

Westport Middle School
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This morning, students will file into schools throughout Louisville for the first day of class in most Jefferson County Public Schools. 

The first day leads to a bulk of questions—logistics, who's who and more. JCPS has some of the information available, but here are answers to some of the lingering questions, big and small. Some very small.

When does school even start?

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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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3:18 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Filing Deadline Ends for Jefferson County Board of Education Seats

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Update 5 p.m. Tuesday:  2 File to Run Against Haddad 

Two more candidates filed to run for Jefferson County Board of Education before the 4 p.m. Tuesday deadline.

Lisa Willner and Patrick John Hughes filed paperwork to challenge longtime board member Carol Haddad, who serves District 6.

Willner, a Bellarmine University psychology professor, is the executive director of the Kentucky Psychological Association. She said she was prompted to run after seeing the results earlier this year of a state audit of Jefferson County Public Schools.

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