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Education
3:00 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

What Kentucky Teachers Think Of Their Schools, Education Department Releases Survey Results

The above graph is just one of several questions posed in the 2013 TELL Survey.

The Kentucky Department of Education has released results of the voluntary anonymous teacher survey—known as the TELL Survey—which was conducted this spring.

Nearly 90 percent of Kentucky teachers responded to the survey, which officials says is phenomenal. And over 90 percent of Kentucky schools are eligible to use the survey data to improve working conditions for teachers in schools. To be eligible a school needed at least half of its teachers to take the survey (and at least five teachers for smaller schools).

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Education
10:56 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Kentucky Leads Most States in Responding to Teacher Working Conditions Survey

Check out which school districts had the highest response rates.

A voluntary survey of Kentucky teachers on the teaching conditions inside their schools got a large number of responses.  

“Kentucky is phenomenal,” says Ann Maddock, senior advisor in external affairs for New Teacher Center, the organizations that helped administer the TELL (Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning Working Conditions) survey.

The anonymous online survey was open for a four-week period in March and the Kentucky Department of Education provided incentives—including raffle drawings with cash prizes—for teachers to complete the survey.

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Education
10:06 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Jefferson County Teachers Association Ad Counters 'Kids First Louisville' Criticism

The Jefferson County Teachers Association has responded to radio ads attacking the union ahead of contract negotiations with ads of their own.

The group Kids First Louisville paid for the ads that claim the JCTA’s contract creates barriers to improving student success.

Kids First Louisville Chair David Nicklies says the group has support from teachers, parents and community members but it's unclear who exactly these individuals are.

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Education
8:00 am
Wed June 5, 2013

UNIQUE: 71-Year-Old JCPS Student Makes Good on Pact With Son to Earn High School Diploma

Charlette Edmondson Alexander earned her high school diploma from JCPS at the age of 71.

Graduation day is coming soon for thousands of Louisville area public school students.

We’re taking a look at unique ways graduates have earned their diplomas. 

I sat down with Charlette Edmondson Alexander, who went back into the public school system recently and got her diploma at age 71. 

"I am so proud of myself I cried when the guy told me I had passed. I'm just excited," she says.

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Education
7:56 am
Tue June 4, 2013

UNIQUE: WFPL Gives a Recorder to a Louisville High School Senior Enrolled in Online Classes

Darianne uses her dining room table as a classroom.

Graduation day is almost here for thousands of area students and we're taking a look at unique ways students are earning their diplomas.

Seventeen-year-old Darianne Hudson withdrew from Louisville’s Ballard High School a year ago and she enrolled in Jefferson County High School’s online program.

WFPL gave Hudson a recorder, which she’s carried around for the past several weeks.

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Education
7:01 am
Sun June 2, 2013

Negotiations Begin: Can JCPS Find Common Ground With The Teachers Union?

Jefferson County Public Schools officials enter negotiations with the teachers union Monday to reconsider contract language that hasn’t been changed since 2005. With the backdrop being  criticism from state education officials and school reform advocates, many eyes will be watching closely.

Here's a primer on what issues will be negotiated and how the process works.

The Situation

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Education
9:01 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Students Describe What Should Be Included In The Next JCPS Magnet School

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This week, a group of Jefferson County Public Schools students presented to the school board what they would include in the "next JCPS magnet" school.

Slides from the presentation are at the bottom of this story. Among the ideas were smaller class sizes, diverse class makeup that not entirely based on student performance, however they also say students should earn their spot within the school. Ideas also included more "hands on" and "real world" experience.

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Education
3:30 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Pension Obligations 'Absolutely' On The Minds Of JCPS Officials

Jefferson County Public Schools may eventually owe more than $1 billion in pension obligations over the long run, but the details—including the exact amount—are still unclear, officials say.

During the JCPS school board meeting this week, Chief Financial Officer Cordelia Hardin said the district is aware of the potential financial burden that has been caused by the state’s poor management of its pension system.

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Education
8:57 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Louisville Pep Rally Will Celebrate College-Goers

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Nearly one-fifth of Jefferson County Public Schools seniors who say they intend on going to college and have filled out a student aid application won't be attending college in the fall, according to data collected by the district.

The city will now throw its first pep rally to celebrate college goers and to encourage students who may experience summer melt--which is being used to describe students who get lost in the shuffle during summer. 

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Education
12:00 pm
Mon May 27, 2013

Group Attacks Jefferson County Teachers Union Ahead Of Contract Negotations

Education Commissioner Terry Holliday and Superintendent Donna Hargens address the community earlier this year.
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A group has launched a campaign against the Jefferson County Teachers Association ahead of contract negotiations that are expected to begin June 3.

Kids First Louisville organizers say the teachers union contract proposal impedes changes that could improve student outcomes. They echo Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday, who told JCPS it needs to address the apparent issues the union contract creates, or be in further jeopardy of state sanctions. 

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