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Education
6:00 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Kentucky Ed Commissioner: JCPS Shouldn't Be Surprised to See More State Intervention

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says his comments this week in a Courier-Journal article referring to JCPS’ lowest performing schools as “academic genocide” were “purposeful to get the community involved.”

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Education
11:00 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

JCPS Officials: State’s 'Priority' School Report Doesn’t Tell Full Story

Superintendent Donna Hargens addresses the media after Monday's board meeting.

Jefferson County Public Schools officials say there’s more to the report released last week showing a majority of the district’s lowest performing schools have not made adequate progress.

JCPS officials acknowledged at Monday’s board meeting more needs to be done to turn around the status of its lowest performing schools, but they say there have been some gains in student test scores.

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Education
6:00 am
Sun February 10, 2013

Jefferson County's 'Priority' Schools Struggle the Most

A majority of Kentucky’s priority schools—formerly known as persistently low-achieving—have not made adequate progress for turning around student achievement, according to a report presented to the Kentucky Board of Education this week. And Jefferson County is being singled out.

Of the 41 schools that have been deemed priority schools only 18 have made acceptable progress, said the education department's Susan Allred.

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Education
7:00 am
Mon February 4, 2013

How Some Louisville Teachers are Shifting Grading Practices and Redefining Success

Students and parents are often concerned with bad grades. Grades say a lot to colleges and universities and high scores on college entrance exams such as the ACT and SAT are important for getting into certain schools.

Depending on the teacher, points can be earned for class participation, going the extra mile to make visual presentations or through extra credit, among other measures.

That’s the way grading has been done the past century; educators including Brown School Principal Tim Healy say it should change.

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Education
2:48 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

JCPS Budget Talks Upsets Teachers Union

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Officials with the Jefferson County Teachers Association say if the school board proceeds with the preliminary budget adopted this week it could challenge the district in court.

The issue is over the elimination of some of the district’s school resource teachers. RTs help certain JCPS schools and teachers with curriculum or student academics. While some RTs work in specific schools, others are located in district offices like Gheens Academy.

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Education
1:03 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

JCPS Career and Technical Education Improves Enrollment Over Last Year's Decrease

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Jefferson County Public Schools officials are optimistic about the future of career and technical education programs in the district despite a drop in enrollment last year.

A higher than projected enrollment in JCPS CTE programs this year has led to an increase in state funding of nearly $200,000. The JCPS board approved the increase in funding at Monday night's meeting.

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Education
7:54 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Louisville Author Highlights Effects of Desegregation in Local Schools

A Louisville native and education reporter has authored a new book to be released this week that considers the effects of the Jefferson County Public Schools’ student assignment plan.

Sarah Garland is author of “Divided We Fail”, which draws personal narratives into the conversation of desegregation in the public school system.

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Education
9:26 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Kentucky's School Safety Subcommittee Meets This Afternoon

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Kentucky’s House Subcommittee on School Safety will listen to testimony from officials Friday afternoon for the second time since its creation.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo created the special temporary subcommittee to address school safety following the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. 

Last week the panel heard from educators, law enforcement and officials with the Kentucky Center for School Safety.

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Education
9:47 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Gifted and Talented Children Conference Coming to Louisville

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The 20th biennial international conference of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children is coming to the Galt House this summer.

Louisville will join host cities such as Barcelona, Spain; Sydney, Australia; Istanbul, Turkey; and Prague, Czech Republic, according to The Lane Report

The program is being held Aug. 10-14 and will celebrate "Giftedness and Creativity."

From The Lane Report:

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Education
11:00 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Kentucky Education Department Prepares to Release Alternative Schools Data

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says the state is working to improve oversight of its alternative schools
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The Kentucky Department of Education is planning to release data next month on the state’s alternative schools for the first time as they look to improve transparency and accountability for the population the schools serve.

Over 70,000 students are estimated to attend alternative programs in the state (which could include duplicate student numbers),  many of which are in specialized schools that range in services and purposes. 

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