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Education
1:30 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Photos | First Day of School at Shelby Elementary

Christina Bush, assists kindergartner Jazlyn Caldwell, age 5.
Credit Amber Sigman

The first day of school can be trying for students. In the past several days, several Jefferson County Public schools have been preparing Kindergarteners for Tuesday's first day of class. Photographer Amber Sigman headed to Shelby Elementary School near Shelby Street to capture the scenes of Kindergarteners and other students heading off to school.

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Education
10:53 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Listen | Middletown Elementary Kindergarten Parents Drop Off Kids For First Time

Middletown Elementary School parents sit the the library and share breakfast and conversation. They've just dropped off their kindergartners for the first time.

Saying goodbye to your child as they enter school for the first time can be a mix of anxiousness, sadness, joy and everything in between. 

I went to Middletown Elementary School in the East Louisville, which has opened its doors to parents post-drop off for the past several years to help them cope, talk and take a breather after seeing their child enter the first of several classes they'll see for the next dozen years. They call it "Boo Hoo Breakfast."

Listen below to hear how the parents felt after dropping off their kids to school on Tuesday's first day in class.

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Education
10:30 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Transportation for Jefferson County Public Schools Goes as Expected; a Few Buses Late to Schools

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Jefferson County Public Schools officials say transportation for Tuesday morning's first day of school has gone well.

Ben Jackey, a JCPS spokesman, says some buses carrying elementary students were late to school—but that’s expected on the first day.

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Education
5:58 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

The First Days of School: Building Community, Expectations, Connections

Sarah Hodges says she'll spend the first days of school teaching behavioral expectations.

Greenwood Elementary School teacher Sarah Hodges sits in one of her student’s desks. Her room is clean, organized and it smells like the new air freshener she just opened.

I ask her how long it takes for everything to be messed up.

"About an hour," she says.

Inside the neatly packed folders on the students' desks are important papers they need to take home to their families. This includes the district's new Code of Conduct, which lays out the behavioral expectations for students.  

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Education
11:48 am
Mon August 19, 2013

What's New in Jefferson County Public Schools This Year

School begins Tuesday for Jefferson County Public Schools students.
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More than 102,000 Jefferson County Public Schools students are preparing for their first day of class Tuesday.

For the school district, Superintendent Donna Hargens says the focus this year is on executing the district’s strategic plan with the resources available.

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Education
4:00 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens: 'This School Year Is All About Implementing Our Strategy'

JCPS Superintendent joined WFPL Friday for a news special.

Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Donna Hargens says the district has the strategy, structure and resources in place to implement a strong plan that will help improve student achievement this school year.

But money problems continue to plague JCPS, which has been forced to dip into its savings to support some of the district's new programs. 

Hargens joined WFPL on Friday to discuss these issues plus more. Below are excerpts of the conversation and a link to the full show.

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Education
8:32 am
Fri August 16, 2013

JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens Answers Your Questions Today During WFPL News Special

JCPS Supertintendent will answer your questions today at 1pm on WFPL.

More than 100,000 Jefferson County Public Schools students are back in class next Tuesday and there are several changes that officials hope will improve student achievement.

We'll be joined by Superintendent Donna Hargens today at 1 p.m. to discuss all this plus more and we'll be taking your calls.

What questions do you have about the state of public education in Louisville?

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Education
5:13 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Brain Drain Series: 'While I Had Been Away, Louisville Had Grown Up'

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Patty Payette graduated from the University of Louisville with a master's in English, but left the city in 1995 to earn her Ph.D in East Lansing, Mich.

Over the years, she would visit Louisville and was able to watch its slow but progressive growth. She returned permanently several years later with her husband and children.

Payette sat down to talk for our series on "brain drain" and growing talent in the city. She says when she returned she was looking for new challenges.

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Education
4:51 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

JCPS Administrators Give Presentation on Vision 2015 Strategic Plan

Donna Hargens
Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL News

Jefferson County Public Schools heads back into session on Tuesday. It will be Superintendent Donna Hargens' third academic year—and the third year for the school district's strategic plan, Vision 2015. 

In that span of time, JCPS had made many changes—including the adoption of national Common Core standards, student assignment changes and several collaborations to address student achievement.

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Education
2:45 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Report: Louisville Improves Standing for College Degree-Holders (But We're Still Behind)

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In the Louisville area, 25.4 percent of adults have a bachelor's degree—moving Louisville ahead of two peer cities in an annual progress report on educational attainment.

But even with that progress toward the city's top economic development goal, Louisville still ranks 14th out of 16. In last year's report, Louisville ranked last.

The KentuckianaWorks Human Capital Scorecard—released Wednesday—looked at Census data from 2009 to 2011.

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