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11:52 am
Sun September 15, 2013

Listen (and Learn) More About Kentucky's New Science Standards: The Why and How

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Kentucky is moving forward with new science standards following a controversial week of rejection and then embrace as Gov. Steve Beshear announced he would use his powers to override any legislative committee's decision to block implementation.

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Education
2:27 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

What's Next For Kentucky's New Science Standards?

Kentucky’s new science standards could face more legislative opposition, but educators are expected to convene as early as this month to begin training for implementation for the 2014-2015 school year.

The Next Generation Science Standards that were approved by the Kentucky Board of Education this year revise science education in general, but have drawn controversy for expanding on evolution and climate change.

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Education
1:18 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Kentucky—and Most States—are Spending Less Per Student Than Before the Recession, Report Says

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Kentucky lags behind its peers for funding its public education system since the recession, a new report from the Washington-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities shows.

The report released Thursday shows 34 states provide less per-student funding than they did in 2008. Of those, 15 states are giving less than they did a year ago.

Kentucky is among both these groups.

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Education
4:57 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Kentucky Committee Rejects New Science Standards; Beshear Will Override the Decision

Gov. Steve Beshear says he will override a legislative committee’s decision to reject new science standards that would have updated what Kentucky students should be learning in schools.

The Kentucky Board of Education already approved the Next Generation Science Standards this year, but the the state legislative committee had to also approve the changes.

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Education
12:49 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Kentucky Education Commissioner Commends JCPS Efforts To Fix Struggling Schools

Commissioner Holliday and JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens discussed criticism of the school district earlier this year in a public forum.
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Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says he wants to recognize what’s working in Jefferson County’s lowest performing schools, following criticism of the school district earlier this year.

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Education
8:18 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

JCPS Board Approves Cell Phone Use For Student Learning In Eight High Schools

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Some Louisville students will soon be able to use cell phones in class after the Jefferson County Board of Education unanimously approved waivers for eight high schools Monday night.

Fairdale, duPont Manual, Iroquois, Seneca, Southern, Valley, Waggener and Ballard high schools requested to be exempt from the district's student conduct policy banning cell phone use throughout JCPS facilities.

The board updated the Code of Conduct this year to allow schools to apply for waivers as long as they seek board approval.

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Education
7:00 am
Sun September 8, 2013

Can Training the Brain Help Struggling Louisville Students' Performance?

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Louisville public school students are participating in a new program that proponents says will strengthen memory processing and create lasting effects for how students learn.

The program, LearningRx, has existed thorough Seven Counties Services since 2011. It focuses on skills tested for IQ,—such as long and short term memory, visual and auditory processing, and logic and reasoning, said Michelle Wright, executive director of Louisville’s LearningRX center.

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Education
4:58 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Louisville Schools for At-Risk Students Say JCPS Not Doing Enough to Keep Kids Safe

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Leaders from five agencies that serve at-risk children in Louisville say the Jefferson County school district isn't doing enough to ensure there are ample employees to keep students and staff safe at their schools.

Maryhurst, St. Joseph Children’s Home, Boys and Girls Haven, Home of the Innocents and Uspiritus (Brooklawn and Bellewood campuses) all treat children with emotional and behavioral disorders, many of whom are wards of the state or have had traumatic life experiences or unstable homes.

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Education
3:00 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

Parent Leadership Classes Begin For 37 In JCPS

The Governor’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership will begin training in Louisville this week, giving parents with children in struggling  schools a chance to change the way they participate in their education.

The institute was started by Kentucky’s Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence 16 years ago, says Carol Edelen, Prichard's community supports coordinator.

Since then, funding has dried up and fewer  training opportunities  have been offered, but the institute is needed, she says.

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Education
9:43 am
Mon September 2, 2013

Kentucky Students May Post Highest Graduation and College-and-Career Rates in State History

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday is calling the early results of the state's accountability process promising—he says public school students may post their best results ever in two major categories.

The Kentucky Department of Education implemented its new accountability system in 2012. When this years results are released--which is expected to happen at the end of this month--it will be the first time schools and districts can measure the certain results, like college-and-career readiness, against a previous year.

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