The Next Louisville

2:41 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Disabilities Protection Agency Partners With Prichard's Parent Leadership Institute

Kentucky Protection and Advocacy has asked the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence to include special education information for participants in next year’s parent leadership institutes.

KPA is a federally mandated state agency that protects persons with disabilities. KPA attorney Leslie Jones says the agency spends a lot of time working with students.

Now, KPA wants to add an element to Prichard’s program that has been newly named the Governor’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership.

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6:11 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Charter School Group Rallies For Improved Minority Achievement

A coalition supporting charter school legislation rallied before the Jefferson County Board of Education meeting Monday night and released a second report focusing on achievement gaps in the district.

The group is calling itself the Community/Parental Choice Coalition and includes members of the Black Alliance of Educational Opportunities (BAEO). Also rallying with the group was the conservative-leaning policy group Bluegrass Institute, which released a report being used to support charter school legislation.

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Local News
4:00 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

NAACP Outlines Education Agenda, JCPS Strategic Plan is Local Focus

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The NAACP has announced its greatest education agenda since the federal government ordered desegregation in 1954, the group said this week.

The civil right group is asking local branches to lobby county and state governments to extend school time, improve teacher training and preschool programs and streamline spending to the neediest students.

The initiatives are being supported by U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, who said in a state the number of students dropping out, especially among minorities, is “devastating entire communities.”

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Local News
5:46 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Education Commissioner Terry Holliday Says More State Oversight for 'Priority' Schools is Possible

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The Kentucky Department of Education is changing the way it assesses the state’s lowest performing schools and Commissioner Terry Holliday says some may be subject to more state oversight soon.

The school board’s Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Committee heard testimony Wednesday from KDE officials who are rewriting current regulations that manage the way the state assesses its 41 priority schools, formerly known as persistently low achieving (PLA) schools.

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Local News
12:10 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Ky Calls On Test Takers: GED Costs to Increase, Exam to Change

The Louisville Free Public Library offers GED services.

Thousands of Kentuckians have until the end of 2013 to complete their GEDs before the cost increases and the test is updated.

It’s been a decade since the GED Testing Service has changed the exam, which is equivalent to earning a high school diploma. In that time, nearly 16,000 Kentuckians have taken but not completed all five parts the test requires.

In Jefferson County, an estimated 2,000 residents have not completed the GED test, according to the Council on Post Secondary Education.

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12:44 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

JCPS to Mail Individual Student Accountability Data This Week

Third Grade Math Problem Solving: The following sample items are offered to show educators the format and appearance of the test content students will see in test booklets in 2012 for the norm-referenced portion of the Kentucky State Assessment.
Kentucky Department of Education website

Many Jefferson County Public Schools families will be mailed their child’s test results under the state’s new Unbridled Learning accountability model later this week.

Officials are reminding parents under the new system their student’s achievement indicators may be lower than before, but the report will paint a more comprehensive picture of how prepared a student is for college or career.

Click here to see school and district level report cards.

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1:14 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

JCPS Participates in Financial Aid Program to Increase FAFSA Completions

In Kentucky, the state's financial aid runs out early.

As College Application Week wraps up, the next step for many students will be to fill out and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.

This year, Jefferson County Public Schools is part of nearly 80 districts nationwide, which are piloting a U.S. Department of Education and Federal Student Aid office initiative to assist students in FAFSA completion.

Around 70 percent of JCPS seniors complete a FAFSA each year, but some applications are found deficient, according to JCPS officials.

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8:00 am
Sat November 24, 2012

55,000 Degrees Report Released Tuesday: Louisville Needs to Play Catch Up

Louisville’s 55,000 Degrees initiative will release its second annual progress report Tuesday, and officials say there has been a slight decline in overall education attainment.

The education initiative chaired by Mayor Greg Fischer was created to increase the number of degrees earned by Louisville residents and to promote a college-going culture.

Executive Director Mary Gwen Wheeler says there is some progress in the latest report but not at the rate necessary to reach the group’s 55,000 degree goal by the year 2020.

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6:53 am
Fri October 19, 2012

UNIQUE: A Ride With Retiring JCPS Bus Driver, Terri Evans

As part of our occasional series Unique, we're taking in-depth looks at the stories of students, families and faculty in Jefferson County Public Schools this schools year.

Today, we're visiting with a veteran bus driver Terri Evans who is just weeks away from retirement.

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6:00 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

UNIQUE: A Visit With JCPS Student and Mother Hannah Watkins

As part of our new series UNIQUE, we’re spending the next year finding the stories of students, teachers and families that make up our local public education system.

Today we visit with 17-year-old Hannah Watkins, a student at South Park TAPP, one of the district’s two schools serving teen mothers and mothers-to-be.

Watkins plans on graduating this year after spending the last two years in the program. She shares her experiences and gives us her perspective of a much needed program.