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11:33 am
Mon November 11, 2013

JCPS Announcing Details Of 'School Of Innovation Design Competition' Tuesday

School of the future, according to the hit children's show The Jetsons.
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Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Donna Hargens will announce details of a competition to create a new JCPS school  Tuesday.

Earlier this year, JCPS was granted District of Innovation status by the Kentucky Board of Education.

It was one of only four school districts across the state to earn this label. These districts are allowed to waive certain education department regulations that other schools must follow.

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Education
2:05 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Group Raising Money To 'Prove' Kentucky's Education System Needs More Money

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The Council for Better Education is asking its members to help fund another study to demonstrate how Kentucky’s education system is being underfunded.

This time, the study would show the cost of fully implementing the state’s 2009 education reforms that have been in place for two years, says council president and Fayette County Public Schools superintendent Tom Shelton.

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Education
12:46 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Student 'Growth' Measurement Concerns Some Kentucky Superintendents

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Some Kentucky superintendents have expressed concern with at least one indicator educators use to measure accountability, and education officials say tweaks to state’s new Unbridled Learning system could be forthcoming.

In the Kentucky Department of Education’s monthly webinar, Commissioner Terry Holliday said superintendents’ No. 1 concern is measuring student growth.

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Education
4:04 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Kentucky Remains Above National Average In Reading While Including More Special Needs Students

Kentucky has posted above average reading results, again, in the latest release of the National Assessment of Educational Progress—also known as the Nation’s Report Card—and this year, education officials are celebrating the inclusion of more special needs students than ever before.

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Education
3:02 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Louisville Archdiocese Doesn't Blink as Catholic Scholars Denounce Common Core School Standards

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Louisville's Catholic schools will continue implementing elements of the Common Core education standards despite pushback from a group of Catholic scholars.

The Common Core standards change what students learn in English and math and have been adopted by 45 states—Kentucky being the first.

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Education
11:45 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

What 'Career Ready' Means for Students and the Role of Private Business

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Kentucky leads the nation in implementing college and career ready standards.

  

This has been touted by state educators for the past few years since Senate Bill 1 in 2009 forced the education system to adapt and meet the demand of Kentucky's changing economic realities.

The shift has also meant a change in programs and partnerships between the public education system and the private sector.

Louisville Public Media 89.3 WFPL News hosted a public forum to discuss, "The Shift to Career Ready: What this Means for Students and the Role of Private Business." 

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Education
9:56 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Kentucky Schools' Arts, Humanities Programs Get Mixed Reviews in State Testing

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The standing of Kentucky students in subjects such as math and reading has been a major topic of discussion.

Now it's time to consider writing and arts programs.

The Kentucky Department of Education has released new data on how well schools supported their writing and arts programs. These "program reviews" were conducted in arts and humanities, practical living and writing programs this year, and they'll assess the strength and support of instruction and will not consider test scores.

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Education
11:27 am
Fri November 1, 2013

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan Tells Louisville Agriculture Crowd To Think Forward

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan spoke at the FFA's National Convention in Louisville.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says agriculture education is about the jobs of the future and not a backwards looking curriculum to preserve the past.

Over 50,000 students from the National FFA Organization—formerly Future Farmers of America—chapters around the country have been in Louisville this week for the annual conference taking place at the Kentucky Exposition Center.

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Education
11:43 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Kentucky School Boards Jumping On 'Grassroots' Movement To Fund Public Education

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Some are calling the dozens of Kentucky school boards that have passed resolutions demanding more funding for public education in the next state budget cycle the largest grassroots movement by local districts in recent history.

“This really started with one school board, up in Morehead, the Rowan County board, that just got fed up,” says Brad Hughes, who has been with the Kentucky School Boards Association for 20 years.

Hughes says he’s counted over 60 school boards that have passed similar resolutions to boost funding for public education.

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Education
1:45 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Jefferson County Public Schools Considers Easing Restrictions for Ex-Felon Parent Volunteers

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Some parents with felony backgrounds who are banned from volunteering in Jefferson County Public Schools may soon be allowed the privilege.

Volunteer applicants in JCPS are automatically rejected from assisting schools in a supervisory role if they are convicted of, or plead guilty to, any felony—no matter how long ago it happened.

(Click here to see WFPL's previous coverage on rejected volunteers.)

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