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Education
10:59 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Cell Phones In JCPS Classrooms: 'A Step That We Have To Make'

Principals at eight Jefferson County high schools say they want to give their teachers the option to let students use cell phones in class and the school board expects to approve their requests in early September.

The Jefferson County Board of Education held a work session Monday to discuss how the schools will implement their policies. The district bans all cell phone use in schools, but principals are now allowed to request waivers after JCPS updated its code of conduct, which sets the behavioral expectations for the district.

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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
7:45 am
Sun August 25, 2013

JCPS Background Checks Block Parents From Volunteering, Even for Years-Old Offenses

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Honey Dozier fits the profile of a parent commonly rejected by Jefferson County Public Schools. She’s white, female and has a criminal record for a past non-violent offense. 

When she was 18—before her first child was born—she made a mistake, she says.

It was a big mistake. She stole and used other people’s credit cards—that's a felony. But that was nearly two decades ago, she says.

”What I did was wrong, clearly, but it should not keep me from going on field trips for 19 years,” she says.

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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
4:02 am
Wed August 21, 2013

ACT Releases Kentucky Test Results, Education Officials Also Release Their Version

The ACT released results according to its new scoring metrics, which are different than Kentucky's.
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The ACT testing company has released its annual college and career readiness report and it shows a drop in reading scores for Kentucky’s 2013 graduating class. But state education officials say that’s because the ACT has changed the way it measures reading and the state is not using the same benchmark system.

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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.
Credit Amber Sigman

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
5:58 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

The First Days of School: Building Community, Expectations, Connections

Sarah Hodges says she'll spend the first days of school teaching behavioral expectations.

Greenwood Elementary School teacher Sarah Hodges sits in one of her student’s desks. Her room is clean, organized and it smells like the new air freshener she just opened.

I ask her how long it takes for everything to be messed up.

"About an hour," she says.

Inside the neatly packed folders on the students' desks are important papers they need to take home to their families. This includes the district's new Code of Conduct, which lays out the behavioral expectations for students.  

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