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12:41 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Brain Drain Series: 'There's This Hospitality' in Louisville

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This month and next, WFPL is exploring the idea of "Brain Drain" and Louisville's ability to keep talented young professionals in the city. What challenges does the city face? What do young workers think about staying in the River City?

In this second installment, we meet Brett Jeffreys, digital program manager of North American Whiskies at Brown-Forman.

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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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Education
1:53 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Greater Clark Teachers Concerned About Student Safety With Extended School Day

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The Greater Clark County School Board has voted to extend the school day, but the district must develop a plan to support teachers who will likely be asked to spend more time monitoring the safety of children after school.

Beginning this fall, the bell will ring 10 minutes later in order to add time for a student intervention and enrichment program introduced by Superintendent Andrew Melin last year. This means some teachers will be ending their day—and the number of hours they’re contracted to work—at the same time as students.

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Education
9:28 am
Thu July 11, 2013

WFPL's Brain Drain Series: 'There Are a Lot of Great Minds Here'

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Last year, the city announced Louisville had lost thousands of bachelor’s degree holders, reversing nearly a decade of steady gains that help prevent the phenomenon known as “brain drain.”

The largest declines came from young adults between 25 to 34 years old, according to 2011 data. As cities across the country continue competing for brilliant minds and to grow the number of young professionals, WFPL is asking the question: What does Louisville have to offer?

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Education
5:40 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Shawnee High School Principal Keith Look Submits Leave of Absence

The principal at one of Louisville’s lowest achieving schools is leaving the position for an education organization located in Washington D.C.

Keith Look submitted his leave of absence Monday from Shawnee High School.  It’s effective immediately.  

Look says being a principal is an isolated experience and he’s decided to leave, in part, to challenge his assumptions about education.

Look has been a JCPS principal for a decade. Before taking the helm at Shawnee High, he was at Meyzeek Middle School, which is one of the state’s higher performing schools.

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Education
3:45 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

JCTA Sending Mailers Asking Members To Vote On New Contract

The Jefferson County Teachers Association is sending mailers this week, asking its member to vote on the tentative contract agreement reached between the union and the school system.

JCTA and district officials have spent the last few weeks updating contract language that hasn’t been changed since 2005.

JCPS and the union were under increased pressure from Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday and community groups that have criticized the union contract, saying it has  prevented students from reaching their full potential.

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Education
1:43 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

JCPS' Smoke-Free, Tobacco-Free District Policy Begins Now

JCPS is one of 28 school districts that have a smoke-free policy.

Jefferson County Public Schools joins the minority of Kentucky school districts that have implemented a district-wide smoke-free policy.

The policy was passed by the JCPS school board last year and is now in effect.

JCPS Spokesman Ben Jackey says the district wants to set a good example for students and faculty and says it will disallow anyone from smoking at all school facilities at any time. The JCPS policy will also extend to field trips and school parking lots.

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Education
3:02 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Kentucky School Districts Can Begin Adopting New Dropout Age

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Kentucky school districts can begin adopting new polices today to increase the minimum dropout age to 18.

Under new law, the Kentucky legislature has granted school boards the option to increase the minimum dropout age, which is currently 16. 

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Education
10:33 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens Gets Another Positive Evaluation From Board

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The Jefferson County Board of Education has approved the annual evaluation for Superintendent Donna Hargens, and she received positive remarks.

On Monday, the JCPS board unanimously approved Hargens’ second evaluation since hiring her in 2011. Board members cited her ability to build relationships with private business, being able to communicate the district’s strategic plan and her record on student achievement. 

The 6-0 vote did not include District 4 board member Chuck Haddaway, who was not present.

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