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Education
10:00 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Education Department Won't Support Proposal Holding Back Third Graders Who Can't Read

Joni Jenkins
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Rep. Joni Jenkins, D-44, is crafting legislation that could hold back third grade students who aren’t at reading level, but Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says the department won’t support it.

Jenkins acknowledges the bill may not be popular, saying some educators argue it’s traumatic to hold back students and the cost of interventions built into the law could be burdensome.   

“I think the school systems are going to say, yeah that’s great but who is going to pay for interventions,” Jenkins told WFPL.

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Education
5:07 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Kentucky Subcommittee Approves Restraint and Seclusion Policy Change

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The Administrative Regulation Review Subcommitee approved the Kentucky Department of Education’s new restraint and seclusion policy proposal Monday.

Kentucky is one of several states that don’t have a state law governing restraint and seclusion in schools so it's up to KDE to set that policy.

The changes would increase training and parent communication and allow restraint and seclusion of misbehaving students in cases of imminent threats.

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Business
7:04 am
Mon December 17, 2012

U.S. Department of Education Opens "Pay As You Earn" Plan Friday

This week, the U.S. Department of Education will begin offering certain students a new long-term option for repaying direct federal loans called the “Pay as You Earn” plan.

On Friday, students who have taken out direct federal student loans after Oct. 1, 2007 and have received at least one disbursement after Oct. 1, 2011 could be eligible to participate in the program, which is an effort to keep higher education affordable and to relieve current student debt.

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Education
1:27 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

JCPS Sets Up Hotline to Answer Questions on New Test Results

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Jefferson County Public Schools is opening a hotline Wednesday and Thursday nights to answer questions parents and families may have regarding state test results that have been mailed.

The number to call between 5 to 7 pm is 485-7190.

Officials say experts will be on hand to answer questions about testing and the reporting itself. You can also get a tutorial here.

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Education
2:41 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Disabilities Protection Agency Partners With Prichard's Parent Leadership Institute

Kentucky Protection and Advocacy has asked the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence to include special education information for participants in next year’s parent leadership institutes.

KPA is a federally mandated state agency that protects persons with disabilities. KPA attorney Leslie Jones says the agency spends a lot of time working with students.

Now, KPA wants to add an element to Prichard’s program that has been newly named the Governor’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership.

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Education
6:11 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Charter School Group Rallies For Improved Minority Achievement

A coalition supporting charter school legislation rallied before the Jefferson County Board of Education meeting Monday night and released a second report focusing on achievement gaps in the district.

The group is calling itself the Community/Parental Choice Coalition and includes members of the Black Alliance of Educational Opportunities (BAEO). Also rallying with the group was the conservative-leaning policy group Bluegrass Institute, which released a report being used to support charter school legislation.

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Local News
4:00 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

NAACP Outlines Education Agenda, JCPS Strategic Plan is Local Focus

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The NAACP has announced its greatest education agenda since the federal government ordered desegregation in 1954, the group said this week.

The civil right group is asking local branches to lobby county and state governments to extend school time, improve teacher training and preschool programs and streamline spending to the neediest students.

The initiatives are being supported by U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, who said in a state the number of students dropping out, especially among minorities, is “devastating entire communities.”

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Local News
5:46 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Education Commissioner Terry Holliday Says More State Oversight for 'Priority' Schools is Possible

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The Kentucky Department of Education is changing the way it assesses the state’s lowest performing schools and Commissioner Terry Holliday says some may be subject to more state oversight soon.

The school board’s Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Committee heard testimony Wednesday from KDE officials who are rewriting current regulations that manage the way the state assesses its 41 priority schools, formerly known as persistently low achieving (PLA) schools.

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Local News
12:10 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Ky Calls On Test Takers: GED Costs to Increase, Exam to Change

The Louisville Free Public Library offers GED services.

Thousands of Kentuckians have until the end of 2013 to complete their GEDs before the cost increases and the test is updated.

It’s been a decade since the GED Testing Service has changed the exam, which is equivalent to earning a high school diploma. In that time, nearly 16,000 Kentuckians have taken but not completed all five parts the test requires.

In Jefferson County, an estimated 2,000 residents have not completed the GED test, according to the Council on Post Secondary Education.

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Education
12:44 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

JCPS to Mail Individual Student Accountability Data This Week

Third Grade Math Problem Solving: The following sample items are offered to show educators the format and appearance of the test content students will see in test booklets in 2012 for the norm-referenced portion of the Kentucky State Assessment.
Kentucky Department of Education website

Many Jefferson County Public Schools families will be mailed their child’s test results under the state’s new Unbridled Learning accountability model later this week.

Officials are reminding parents under the new system their student’s achievement indicators may be lower than before, but the report will paint a more comprehensive picture of how prepared a student is for college or career.

Click here to see school and district level report cards.

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