The Next Louisville

4:44 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Ford Helps JCPS Develop Career-Themed Schools

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Jefferson County Public Schools has announced a partnership with Ford Motor Company Foundation to help the district improve its career-themed schools.

Louisville is one of 17 school districts nationwide participating in Ford’s Next Generation Learning initiative. The program includes a network of districts restructuring their career-themed schools to improve student outcomes and to prepare students for college and career readiness.

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3:55 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

'eLearning Olympics' Encourages Using Interactive Online Programs

A community organization is trying to increase interest in a Jefferson County Public Schools initiative to help students struggling in class.

The program developed by Louisville Central Community Centers is being called eLearn Olympics.

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5:08 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

JCPS Alerts Teachers of Potential Job Cuts to Early Childhood Educators

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The federal sequestration may lead to cuts to early childhood education staff in Jefferson County Public Schools.

The Jefferson County Teachers Association confirms that JCPS alerted principals last week that up to 100 early childhood educators could be cut, though district officials say it's still too early to tell.

A teacher told the union her principal and a JCPS official informed staff that cuts could be possible, says JCTA deputy executive director James Hughley who later confirmed the JCPS email sent to principals.

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3:56 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Louisville Tea Party Supports Charter Schools, Less Transportation, More Fiscal Accountability

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The Louisville Tea Party has developed new education initiatives the group plans to support through fund raising.

There are four initiatives on the Louisville Tea Party’s website. They include supporting school choice and charter schools.  The party says students should not spend more than 30 minutes on a bus unless parents sign a waiver allowing them to spend extra time being transported.

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7:45 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Stories of Dropping Out: 'My Brothers Really Listened To Me'

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Marcus McCormick sacrificed his own education for his brothers, sometimes stealing food from grocery stores to feed his hungry family. But after he dropped out of school and left home his brothers stopped going to school.

This is the second in a series of stories WFPL is airing over the next month profiling former public school students that left school before graduating. The series sheds light on the personal narratives behind statistics and data media often report. 

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2:02 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Kentucky Education Commissioner Gives JCPS Expectations for Low-Achieving Schools

Holliday joined JCPS superintendent Donna Hargens at a public education forum last week.
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Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday is taking steps to ensure Jefferson County’s lowest achieving schools—called priority schools—have the strategies in place to improve.

Holliday met with Superintendent Donna Hargens Tuesday and discussed numerous expectations and recommendations for JCPS to consider.

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6:48 am
Sun March 24, 2013

The Next Louisville: What is Louisville Doing to Support Public Education?

This week city and education leaders participated in a WFPL hosted forum to discuss what Jefferson County Public Schools system and city are doing to promote student achievement and ways they collaborate and what they need.

We were joined by JCPS District 1 board member Diane Porter, Metro Government policy director Tony Peyton and Dr. Bradley Carpenter with the University of Louisville, who has spent time in low-performing schools and has worked as a principal and teacher among other roles.

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4:40 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Louisville Student Takes on School-to-Prison Pipeline


A Louisville student has organized a conference this weekend to discuss the School to Prison Pipeline, a concept that says many public school policies are resulting in a disproportionate number of minority and low-income students entering the justice system.

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony for the first time last year bringing national attention into the chambers of the federal government.

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4:45 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

'You Don't Demand More.' Louisville Community Members, Education Leaders Talk Education.

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Education and community leaders say the public school system needs local solutions to improve student achievement—but those solutions may vary depending on who you ask.

A crowd packed into St. Stephen Family Life Center Thursday to listen to Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday, Jefferson County Public Schools superintendent Donna Hargens and other guest speakers who shared their thoughts on the challenges facing the district’s lowest performing students.

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3:54 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Jefferson County Public Schools' Graduation Rates Improve; Officials Credit Initiatives

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Jefferson County Public Schools' 2012 graduation rates have improved slightly over last year.

Officials are celebrating some key indicators: The most recent 2011-2012 data says 69.4 percent of JCPS students graduated last year. Data for the 2010-2011 school year shows the rate was 67.8--a decrease from the previous year.

In the 2011-2012 school year, the state's graduation rates was 77.8 percent.  The 2010-2011 year it was 78.8, which was an improvement over the previous year.

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