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Education
6:59 am
Sun May 26, 2013

JCPS May Start Online Streaming Board Meetings

Louisville Metro Government already streams its meetings online. It moved to live streaming on smart phones this month.

Jefferson County Public Schools may soon begin streaming its board meetings online, an initiative under  contemplation for the past two years.

The idea of streaming board meetings has been brought up on occasion by parents and residents unable or unwilling to attend the Monday meetings that are held regularly every couple weeks (in some cases more or less).

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12:49 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Central High School Revitalizes Closed Pool

Louisville’s Central High School principal Daniel Withers did something Thursday morning that hasn’t been done at the school for over a decade.

He went for a swim.

When the pool closed in 2000 it was serving well over 1,000 people a month, according to Metro Parks, which last managed the pool. The pool is only the second JCPS pool—the other one is located at Shawnee High School—serving the estimated thousands of middle and high school swimmers in the district.

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Education
8:35 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Listen | WFPL News Special on Changing School Culture and Giving Students Positive Support

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While Jefferson County Public Schools has improved its suspension record this year, the district of more than 100,000 students still struggles with the fact that a disproportionate number of minority students are suspended.

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Education
6:12 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Bullitt County Middle School Gets Results With Different Discipline Approach

Bullitt Lick Middle School principal Robert Fulk says he's been able to reduce suspensions by 70 percent so far this school year using PBIS.

Seventh grader Charlie Cross sometimes gets frustrated with learning.

“If I don’t know what to do, I’ll raise my hand and they’ll go to other kids and then my hand will get tired so I’ll put it down and I just lay my head down on the desk,” he says.

Cross has been sent to the principal’s office for things like this before. He's also been sent to the district’s alternative school.

He’s not alone.

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Education
1:06 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Funding Cuts, Changing Needs Blamed for 41 JCPS Teacher Layoffs

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Jefferson County Public Schools will lay off 41 teachers next school year, half of whom teach special education. 

JCPS officials say state budget and federal sequester cuts are partly the reason for the layoffs, but they also say fewer students are using special education services. 

The state required school districts to submit their layoff lists on May 15.

JCPS' list included 20 Exceptional Child Education (special education) teachers, 11 English teachers, seven physical education teachers and one art teacher. 

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Education
5:08 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

After Christian Group Meeting, JCPS Principals Reminded to Remain 'Neutral' on Religion

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Jefferson County Public School Superintendent Donna Hargens sent a memo to all principals reminding them that district employees must remain neutral when discussing religion in school.

Last week, the group Louisville Area Christian Educators, or LACES, held an evening meeting at a district facility where a JCPS principal reportedly discussed ways religion could be introduced to students. Some have raised concerns with the group’s use of a public school facility to deliver their message.

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Education
4:30 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Kentuckians Use In-State Tuition Agreement More Than Hoosiers

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More Kentucky students attend Indiana colleges and universities where they can get in-state tuition than the other way around.

Kentucky and Indiana officials have announced that they're extending the agreement that allows students to pay in-state tuition at certain colleges and universities across the Ohio River. The extension was approved by the two states' higher education agencies as its expiration date approached this summer.

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Education
6:27 am
Mon May 13, 2013

JCPS Suspensions Down; Struggle for African-American Students Continues

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Overall suspensions are down in Jefferson County Public Schools this academic year, but the district is still struggling with one major at-risk student group.

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Education
4:41 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Spalding University Announces New Third Street Republic Bank Academic Center

The Cosmopolitan Building is located at 981 Third Street.
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Officials with Spalding University have announced plans to expand the campus after purchasing the Cosmopolitan Building in downtown Louisville.

Once renovations are complete the building will be renamed the Republic Bank Academic Center.

Spalding president Tori Murden McClure says the bank met the school nearly halfway to help pay the $700,000 purchase cost.

“We couldn’t afford the full purchase price and they helped us out and we’re going to turn it into a 40,000 square foot classroom, laboratory and office complex," she says.

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Education
2:47 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Jefferson County Teachers Association Wants More Say In School Improvement Efforts

The Jefferson County Teachers Association is trying to increase its role in turning around the school district’s lowest achieving schools and has laid out steps to improve collaboration between the union and Jefferson County Public Schools.

This week, JCTA president Brent McKim sent an email to JCPS superintendent Donna Hargens, in which he discussed 11 ways the union and JCPS could begin working together to improve turnaround efforts at the district’s 18 priority schools (see below).

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