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Education
5:13 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Brain Drain Series: 'While I Had Been Away, Louisville Had Grown Up'

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Patty Payette graduated from the University of Louisville with a master's in English, but left the city in 1995 to earn her Ph.D in East Lansing, Mich.

Over the years, she would visit Louisville and was able to watch its slow but progressive growth. She returned permanently several years later with her husband and children.

Payette sat down to talk for our series on "brain drain" and growing talent in the city. She says when she returned she was looking for new challenges.

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Education
4:51 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

JCPS Administrators Give Presentation on Vision 2015 Strategic Plan

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Jefferson County Public Schools heads back into session on Tuesday. It will be Superintendent Donna Hargens' third academic year—and the third year for the school district's strategic plan, Vision 2015. 

In that span of time, JCPS had made many changes—including the adoption of national Common Core standards, student assignment changes and several collaborations to address student achievement.

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Education
2:45 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Report: Louisville Improves Standing for College Degree-Holders (But We're Still Behind)

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In the Louisville area, 25.4 percent of adults have a bachelor's degree—moving Louisville ahead of two peer cities in an annual progress report on educational attainment.

But even with that progress toward the city's top economic development goal, Louisville still ranks 14th out of 16. In last year's report, Louisville ranked last.

The KentuckianaWorks Human Capital Scorecard—released Wednesday—looked at Census data from 2009 to 2011.

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Education
11:12 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Split JCPS Board Approves Smaller Tax Increase Than Proposed

JCPS District 2 board member David Jones Jr. introduced a smaller tax increase that was eventually approved by a majority of board members.

The Jefferson County Board of Education has approved its sixth straight annual tax increase—but it's a smaller hike than the JCPS staff's 3.1-percent increase recommendation.

Several people addressed the board Monday night, criticizing the idea of increasing  property taxes 3.1 percent, which would have forced homeowners in the district to pay $22 more than the $700 they now pay for property assessed at $100,000.

The 3.1 percent tax hike would have given JCPS an additional $18 million in revenue.

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Education
6:58 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Most Laid-Off JCPS Employees Are Returning After All

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Nearly all Jefferson County Public School employees who received layoff notices last spring will return to the district this fall.

Districts were required to inform the education department last May how many employees would be laid off, or be put on temporary holds. At the time, JCPS officials were uncertain how much funding would become available over the summer.

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Education
4:23 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Fayette County Schools Opens New Innovative 'Hands-On' School

The academy is housed in downtown Lexington at a former elementary school but will moved to a new location in 2015.
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An innovative program from Fayette County Public Schools is opening its doors for the first time when classes begin on Wednesday.

Lexington’s STEAM Academy--which stands for science, technology, engineering, arts, and math--will include 150 high school students in its inaugural class. The school will offer more authentic learning experiences and community collaboration, says director Tina Stevenson.

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Education
10:58 am
Fri August 9, 2013

New JCPS, UofL Program Tries Keeping Qualified Teachers In Neediest Schools

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Jefferson County Public Schools and the University of Louisville have announced a program that will help the district retain its most qualified teachers in the district’s lowest performing schools.

The new CARDS program—which stands for Competency, Awareness and Responsiveness to Diverse Students—will offer its first cohort of seven JCPS middle and high school teachers full ride scholarships funded by the Gheens Foundation.

The first classes will begin this fall.

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Education
12:52 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Kentucky Education Officials OK New Science Standards Despite Criticism of Evolution

Kentucky education officials' consideration of Next Generation Science Standards gained national attention last month when The Huffington Post and others picked up on criticism of evolution and climate change during a public hearings on the matter. 

Here's the latest:

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Local News
10:47 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Brain Drain: Forecastle Founder J.K. McKnight on the Power of Culture for Louisville

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This month, WFPL is exploring Brain Drain in Louisville: What does it take for this city to attract and retain talented young professionals?

We continue our series this week with J.K. McKnight, founder of the Forecastle Festival. What began as a small event in the Highlands in 2002 now attracts upwards of 60,000 people to Waterfront Park. This year's acts included the Black Keys, the Flaming Lips, Jim James and many others.

The role festivals and cultural institutions play in attracting new workers and businesses to a city is something that McKnight has seen firsthand.

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Education
4:05 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Kentucky Education Commissioner Responds to New York's Common Core Testing

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Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday congratulated New York’s public education system following the first annual release of test results under the new common core standards that 45 states have adopted.

In those results, the number of New York students deemed proficient under its new test dropped significantly because of higher expectations in the common core standards, similar to what Kentucky experienced last year.

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