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6:54 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Jan Scholtz Seeks to Fill Debbie Wesslund's Jefferson County School Board Seat

Jan Scholtz

 The ballot for the Jefferson County Board of Education's 3rd District election is beginning to take shape.

Jan Scholtz, a Louisville realtor, will seek to fill Debbie Wesslund’s seat. Wesslund announced earlier this year she would not be seeking reelection.

Related: Debbie Wesslund Won't Run Again for Jefferson County Board of Education

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2:49 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

What JCPS Leaders Learned From a Week at Harvard University

Donna Hargens
Credit Jefferson County Public Schools

Jefferson County Public Schools administrators will work to improve communication between district leaders and school-level staff, addressing the big takeaway from officials' conference last week at Harvard University.

Top JCPS officials spent last week at Harvard meeting with professors in the university's education and business schools—as well as leaders from the nation’s largest school districts—to get direction on how to improve information-sharing across the school system.

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7:00 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Jefferson County Public Schools Is Putting Resource Police Officers in a Few More Buildings

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More police will be working in schools within the Jefferson County Public School district next year.

Funds coming from a federal grant will allow the Louisville Metro Police department to send school resource officers to five additional schools when classes resume in the fall, said Stan Mullen, the director of student safety at JCPS.

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8:04 am
Sun July 13, 2014

The GED Will Be Cheaper Next Year For Some Kentucky Students

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Kentucky is offering the GED test at a reduced cost for a limited time.

Test takers who qualify for the cheaper price will save $20 on each of the four required modules of the test, making the cost of individual modules $10 and the whole test $40, according to the state Council on Postsecondary Education.

To qualify, a student must meet the GED program's enrollment standards and pass a practice test, said Jacqueline Korengel, the assistant vice president for Kentucky Adult Education, part of the state Council on Postsecondary Education.

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8:50 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

UofL President James Ramsey Gets Boost in Pay, Will Make More Than $1M This Year

University of Louisville President James Ramsey at a trustees committee meeting in early July.
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

University of Louisville President James Ramsey will get a significant increase in pay this year, coming in the form of a bonus that boosts his annual compensation to about $1.2 million.

At an annual retreat this week, the University's Board of Trustees recommended Ramsey receive a  performance bonus, as well as a two percent raise. 

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4:43 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Details of Jefferson County Public Schools Audit To Be Released Wednesday

Adam Edelen
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Less than a day after the Jefferson County Public Schools board asked State Auditor Adam Edelen to look into the district's finances and policies, Edelen has responded. 

On Wednesday morning, Edelen, Mayor Greg Fischer, Superintendent Donna Hargens and Board of Education Chair Diane Porter will announce the scope of the state audit of JCPS.

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10:20 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Listen | WFPL News Special on Alternative Schools

There are more than two dozen alternative schools and programs in Jefferson County, each serving a unique student population including many at-risk students. The programs range from drug-abuse treatment to online learning opportunities.

But how do alternative schools work? And why are they needed?

WFPL explores these questions and more with JCPS Chief Academic Officer Dewey Hensley, Liberty High School principal Iman Talaat, Kentucky Youth Advocates executive director Terry Books and Kentucky Department of Education's Toyah Robey. 

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