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12:30 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Former Northern Kentucky Superintendent Pleads Guilty To Embezzling School Funds

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A former northern Kentucky superintendent faces up to two years in prison, after pleading guilty in federal court this week to embezzling nearly $200,000 from his school district. 

William “Gary” Rye actually embezzled over $500,000 over several years of leading Dayton Independent Schools, according to Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen.

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Local News
7:00 am
Tue December 3, 2013

What Louisville Can Do To Compete For Innovation and Growth

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Louisville’s new downtown restaurant Sidebar is packed with young professionals—new transplants—from all over the country. They're attending the monthly meet-up group New2Lou, which aims to welcome the recently-arrived to the city.

When I ask them why they came to Louisville I get similar answers: Humana, Ford Motor Company, the University of Louisville.

Work.

It’s why many people come to Louisville and it’s sometimes why people leave—for better opportunities or more money.

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Education
1:36 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

JCPS School Board Members Getting More Complaints About Classroom Behavior

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Some Jefferson County school board members say they’ve received more calls this year than in the past regarding disruptive classroom behavior—and board members are concerned the district’s discipline policy is being interpreted differently by principals.

“By no means am I getting lots and lots of concerns, but I’m getting more this year than I have ever had before from parents about students in a number of schools, in a number of kinds of situations,” says board member Debbie Wesslund, who represents neighborhoods in the East End.

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Education
2:37 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

KET Recieves $1.14 Million To Grow Early Childhood Resources

A group of children sit in front of the television at Louisville Central Community Center’s Mini-Versity Child Development Center.

“What colors can you make?” the television asks.

Early childhood educators use the program as a prompt. The children then mix colored liquid into bags that contain plain dough-like material that will soon become yellow. Then green, when they drop in blue liquid.

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Education
12:27 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

JCPS Says Student Equity Needs Community Response, Releases 'Equity Scorecards'

A group of community, city and school leaders discuss how JCPS can be more equitable.

Dozens of community leaders and educators formed groups Monday morning at the Jefferson County Public Schools district office and discussed how the community and schools can better support student equity.

This isn’t a project, officials promised.

Instead, JCPS hopes ‘equity scorecard’—which measure student and school disparities in the district through data and surveys—can be a catalyst to improve inequity in public school culture and data.

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Education
4:00 am
Mon November 25, 2013

JCPS Hosts Equity Summit, Asks Public To Help Solve Existing Disparities

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The Jefferson County school district is asking the public to join the discussion on how local education can be more equitable.

Jefferson County Public Schools will release its equity scorecard data to the public Monday morning, which will highlight where schools should direct resources to close achievement gaps and to provide equal opportunities for all students.

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Education
9:48 am
Wed November 20, 2013

National Report Says Kentucky Uses Education Data Well

There are 10 actions states can implement to ensure the most effective use of education data, according to DQC.

Kentucky has again received high marks for  its collection and use  of education data to improve student outcomes.

The annual Data for Action 2013 report was released this week and it showed Kentucky met all but one action that ensures the most effective use of data, according to Data Quality Campaign.

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Education
2:55 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Louisville Needs to 'Pick Up the Pace' for 55,000 Degrees Goal Despite Record Number of Degrees

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More working-age adults in Louisville have earned college degrees than ever before, but the area still struggles to meet industry demand and is not on track to reach several education goals, according to the third annual 55,000 Degrees progress report released Monday.

“We’ve got to pick up the pace,” says Mayor Greg Fischer who chairs the 55,000 Degrees initiative—a private-public partnership introduced in 2010 to create and guide goals that include half the city’s population obtaining an associate degree of higher by 2020.

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Education
9:00 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Test Scores Vary Widely Among the 13 JCPS Elementary School Clusters

Jazlyn Caldwell, 5, plays with puzzle blocks this August on her first day of kindergarten at Shelby Elementary.
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A school bus pulls into the Meyzeek Middle School parking lot Thursday afternoon. Instead of carrying students, inside are computers and printers and Internet.

Jefferson County Public Schools' mobile bus program helps the district reach parents who haven’t registered or enrolled their child—and who may never even apply for elementary schools when the application period opens on Monday. 

Last year, JCPS had roughly 2,000 new kindergarten students whose parents didn't apply during the application period—out of about 7,500 new students. 

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Education
2:13 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

The Key to JCPS' Elementary School Choice? Parent Involvement in the Process.

Christina Bush, assists kindergartner Jazlyn Caldwell, age 5.
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This is the first of a two part series. On Friday, we'll look at how Jefferson County Public Schools elementary clusters compare and what's being done to improve parent engagement in school choice.

The application process for Jefferson County public elementary schools begins Monday, bringing another batch of incoming kindergartners' parents to confront the choice of schools.

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