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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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Education
8:52 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

JCPS Officials: 'Equity Scorecards' Can Address Achievement Gaps in Race, Language

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Jefferson County Public Schools will release its first “equity scorecards” for schools in November, which will delve into academic disparities—in race and language, for example—that have existed in the district for years.

The district plans to use the scorecards to guide schools in improving the education outcomes for all students.

“We really need to be honest in terms of challenging the perceptions and the biases that we all hold,” says Judi Vanderhaar, evaluation specialist for JCPS who helped lead the initiative.

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Education
2:51 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

A Louisville Middle School Student Claims Bullying, and How JCPS Responds

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Thirteen-year-old “B.B.”—as he’s called in Circuit Court—says he was teased while attending Thomas Jefferson Middle School and for joining the cheerleading squad there.

“It was in the cafeteria, some was in the classroom and some was in the hallway too and some was in the gym when I was practicing,” he says.

B.B. left Thomas Jefferson and was home schooled beginning April 2012 and now attends Frederick Law Olmsted Academy North, an all male middle school—where he’s still teased, he says.

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Education
5:43 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Kentucky Selected For Two-Year Pilot To Improve Teacher Preparation Programs

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Kentucky is among seven states that will participate in a two-year pilot program to improve teacher training programs and help the state’s higher education system better align with reforms at the K-12 level.

It’s not just a conversation happening in Kentucky.

Nationwide, educators, policy experts and lawmakers are emphasizing the need to better prepare teachers at the college and university level.

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Education
2:22 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

George Unseld Pre-Kindergarten Center Spotlighted Ahead Of Kentucky’s School-Ready Results

Students sit in an open lunch room at the new George Unseld Early Childhood Learning Center.

As Kentucky prepares to release the first state-wide results of its kindergarten readiness screenings, education leaders are also emphasizing the need to grow quality early childhood programs.

But funding remains the keyword that many city and state leaders echoed Tuesday, as a means to continue providing and growing early childhood programs.

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Education
8:26 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Kentucky Leads Charge in Next Generation Science Standards, Despite Challenges

Kentucky is among several states preparing to introduce new science standards in public schools and, like many of the others, the state has seen opposition to the standards from a vocal minority.

But the debate has been a bit more heated here and some have even called the state's adoption of the standards the most contentious in the country.

“Everybody is watching what everybody else is doing,” says Josh Rosenau, policy director at the National Center for Science Education.

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Education
3:35 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Resettling Agencies Say Extra Funds Improve Partnership with JCPS

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The number of refugee students in Jefferson County continues to rise at a quick pace and the agencies responsible for their resettlement say extra funding being appropriated to them has improved their relationship with the school district.

Previously, federal Refugee School Impact Grant funding was only awarded to Jefferson County Public Schools in the region.

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Education
12:52 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Where Homeschooling is Happening in Kentucky, and Why Education Leaders are Paying Attention

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Kentucky doesn't monitor homeschooling very well, Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says.

But as the state prepares to implement a new dropout age of 18 in a few years, Holliday says it’s an issue the education department wants to keep an eye on.

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