Devin Katayama, Kentucky Public Radio http://weku.fm en Districts of Innovation Details Announced Friday http://weku.fm/post/districts-innovation-details-announced-friday <p><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/kentuckys-districts-innovation-process-announced-friday">Despite failing to pass charter school legislation in the Kentucky General Assembly this year, education officials will announce details of the compromise Districts of Innovation bill this Friday. The new regulations will allow local districts flexibility from some state laws controlling how students are educated if certain goals are met, mainly for low-achieving students.</a> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 16:36:47 +0000 Devin Katayama, Kentucky Public Radio 34792 at http://weku.fm Districts of Innovation Details Announced Friday Kentucky Creates Foundation to Supplement Education Spending http://weku.fm/post/kentucky-creates-foundation-supplement-education-spending <p><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-creates-foundation-supplement-education-spending">Officials with the Kentucky Department of Education are creating an independent foundation called the&nbsp;Fund for Transforming Education in Kentucky&nbsp;to help local school districts through new funding sources. Education Commissioner Terry Holliday filed the paperwork with the Secretary of State's office Wednesday to create the foundation that will work separately from KDE.</a> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 16:34:33 +0000 Devin Katayama, Kentucky Public Radio 34465 at http://weku.fm Kentucky Creates Foundation to Supplement Education Spending Joint Board Created to Oversee Bridges Project http://weku.fm/post/joint-board-created-oversee-bridges-project <p><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-indiana-create-joint-board-oversee-bridges-project">Indiana and Kentucky are overhauling the body governing for the Ohio River Bridges Project and expect to approve new agreements Tuesday afternoon that will transfer power from the bi-state Bridges Authority in charge of overseeing the project, to a four-member Joint Board. The bi-state authority was put in charge of creating a financial plan for the now $2.6 billion Ohio River Bridges Project, which&nbsp;includes a tolling agreement that has yet to be worked out.</a> Tue, 16 Oct 2012 19:05:59 +0000 Devin Katayama, Kentucky Public Radio 34419 at http://weku.fm Joint Board Created to Oversee Bridges Project KentuckyOne Health Expands Investment in Cardiac Care http://weku.fm/post/kentuckyone-health-expands-investment-cardiac-care <p><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/kentuckyone-health-expands-invests-30-million-cardiac-care">KentuckyOne Health--the state's largest healthcare system--has announced its first major investment of the $325 million it promised to spend after its creation. “This is the first down payment on that commitment,” said Dr. Dan Varga, the group's&nbsp;Chief Clinical Officer. Kentucky One Health was formed this year in the merger of Saint Mary’s and Saint Joseph Health Systems and Jewish Hospital. The group will continue its focus on cardiac care in the state after announcing a $30 million investment in its Heart and Vascular Institute over the next three years that will expand programs and equipment for cardiac services.</a> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 21:07:10 +0000 Devin Katayama, Kentucky Public Radio 34204 at http://weku.fm Restraint Policy Approved by Education Board http://weku.fm/post/restraint-policy-approved-education-board <p><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/restraint-seclusion-policy-approved-education-board">The Kentucky Board of Education has approved a new restraint policy this week, which several educators argue is too vague. The new regulations would only allow teachers to physically restrain or seclude misbehaving students when they pose an immediate threat or physical harm. Several superintendents spoke at a public hearing last month against the policy. They argued teachers dealing with misbehaving students often need to make quick decisions, and the consequences aren’t spelled out in the policy.</a> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 16:53:42 +0000 Devin Katayama, Kentucky Public Radio 34072 at http://weku.fm Education Department Might Release Accountability Results http://weku.fm/post/education-department-might-release-accountability-results <p><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/ky-education-department-might-release-accountability-results-november">Officials with the Kentucky Department of Education say they’re taking extra precautions before releasing data from the new accountability system and the public may have to wait until November to see results. “We want to make sure that data’s clean. It’s a like a row of dominos. If one doesn’t fall the correct way then all the other ones are affected,” said KDE spokeswoman Lisa Gross.</a> Mon, 08 Oct 2012 18:34:01 +0000 Devin Katayama, Kentucky Public Radio 34036 at http://weku.fm Education Department Might Release Accountability Results AP Tests Continue to Rise in Kentucky http://weku.fm/post/ap-tests-continue-rise-kentucky <p><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/ap-tests-continue-rise-kentucky">The number of Kentucky public high school students taking Advanced Placement tests and scoring at higher levels continues to rise. AP classes give students a chance to earn college credit while still in high school. In 2008, Kentucky increased its efforts to make AP classes and exams more accessible to students. Today, the Kentucky Department of Education continues funding and encouraging students to push themselves and the most recent AP numbers reflect this.</a> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 20:34:10 +0000 Devin Katayama, Kentucky Public Radio 33561 at http://weku.fm AP Tests Continue to Rise in Kentucky U.S. Education Officials Visit Kentucky on Bus Tour http://weku.fm/post/us-education-officials-visit-kentucky-bus-tour <p><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/us-education-officials-visit-kentucky-bus-tour">U.S. Department of Education officials are in Fayette County Thursday as part of a national back-to-school bus tour called "</a><a href="http://www.ed.gov/blog/topic/bustour/">Education Drives America</a><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/us-education-officials-visit-kentucky-bus-tour">." Deputy Secretary of Education Tony Miller is visiting Picadome Elementary School to discuss ways to improve foreign language learning in schools.</a> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 18:28:46 +0000 Devin Katayama, Kentucky Public Radio 33220 at http://weku.fm U.S. Education Officials Visit Kentucky on Bus Tour AARP Offering Non-Partisan Discussions for VP Debate http://weku.fm/post/aarp-offering-non-partisan-discussions-vp-debate <p><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/aarp-centre-college-offering-non-partisan-discussions-leading-vp-debates">The AARP has announced its sponsorship of the 2012 Vice Presidential Debate Festival at Centre College in Danville next month.&nbsp; AARP will offer three discussions over the next month leading up to the Oct. 11 debate.&nbsp; They’ll focus on Medicare, financial security and Social Security, which are considered key issues to AARP and are featured in </a><a href="http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/09/obama-ad-misleads-on-aarp-position-on-romney/">Voter Guides </a><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/aarp-centre-college-offering-non-partisan-discussions-leading-vp-debates">released by the organization.</a> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 18:50:18 +0000 Devin Katayama, Kentucky Public Radio 32868 at http://weku.fm AARP Offering Non-Partisan Discussions for VP Debate Kentucky Kingdom Open for Bids http://weku.fm/post/kentucky-kingdom-open-bids <p><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-kingdom-open-bids">The bidding process for investors wanting to reopen the former Kentucky Kingdom amusement park is being launched this week. Once the applications are in, the state will narrow the competition to the top three bidders. The doors to Kentucky Kingdom have been closed since late 2009.&nbsp; Its previous operator, Six Flags, declared bankruptcy.The second and latest proposal to reopen the park came earlier this year from Indiana’s Koch family, which owns Holiday World. </a><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/bluegrass-boardwalk-withdraws-will-not-re-open-kentucky-kingdom">After that fell through</a><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-kingdom-open-bids">, the Gov. Steve Beshear requested the State Fair Board open up the contract to bidding.</a> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 16:35:10 +0000 Devin Katayama, Kentucky Public Radio 32792 at http://weku.fm Kentucky Kingdom Open for Bids Churchill Offers Top-Notch Guests New Venue http://weku.fm/post/churchill-offers-top-notch-guests-new-venue <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">Churchill Downs officials have announced its $9 million renovation project to create &quot;The Mansion&quot; and will soon offer its preferred guests a chance to enjoy races in luxury.&nbsp;This is how significant the new space will be: The Mansion is pushing the Gold Room--which serves certain VIPs--down to floor two. But, given the Gold Room is expanding as well it&rsquo;s not such a bad thing.</span></p><p> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 19:27:27 +0000 Devin Katayama, Kentucky Public Radio 30450 at http://weku.fm Churchill Offers Top-Notch Guests New Venue Commonwealth Hosts Local Food Summit http://weku.fm/post/commonwealth-hosts-local-food-summit <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px; ">Over a dozen local food distributors from around the nation will convene in Kentucky this week to discuss ways to improve the local food movement.&nbsp;Louisville-based Grasshoppers Distribution will host the summit. The local food distributor recently earned the confidence and investment to grow its operations, but professionals say there&#39;s still work to do before small distributors can compete with larger stores.</p><p> Mon, 30 Jul 2012 19:55:09 +0000 Devin Katayama, Kentucky Public Radio 30391 at http://weku.fm Commonwealth Hosts Local Food Summit Task Force to Study Teacher Retention http://weku.fm/post/task-force-study-teacher-retention <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px; ">A task force created by the Pritchard Committee for Academic Excellence will meet at the end of this week to begin a year-and-a-half effort to address how to retain an effective teaching workforce in Kentucky.&nbsp;The Pritchard Committee Team on Teacher Effectiveness will include nearly 30 members made up of legislators, education professionals and other advisors.</p><p> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 17:54:51 +0000 Devin Katayama, Kentucky Public Radio 30021 at http://weku.fm First "Visual Step" in Bridges Project Demolished http://weku.fm/post/first-visual-step-bridges-project-demolished <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px; ">Several buildings along Main Street across from Louisville Slugger Field have sat empty for more than a quarter of a century. Graffiti decorates the walls inside and outside of the complex, which state officials have deemed contaminated.&nbsp;The buildings also stand in the way of the Ohio River Bridges Project.</p><p> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 17:53:25 +0000 Devin Katayama, Kentucky Public Radio 30020 at http://weku.fm First "Visual Step" in Bridges Project Demolished UPS Plans Bid on Large USPS Contract http://weku.fm/post/ups-plans-bid-large-usps-contract <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px; ">UPS officials say it could be good news for the company&rsquo;s Louisville Worldport hub if UPS wins a contract with the United States Postal Service next year.&nbsp;The USPS has had a contract with FedEx to transport certain mail since 2000, but officials announced earlier this year that USPS intends on opening the contract up for bidding. &nbsp;The contract is worth nearly $1 billion annually.</p><p> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 18:34:55 +0000 Devin Katayama, Kentucky Public Radio 29841 at http://weku.fm Ford Recalls Escapes for Possible Fires http://weku.fm/post/ford-recalls-escapes-possible-fires <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px; ">Ford Motor Company has announced the second major recall this week of the 2013 Escape SUVs. Ford officials are telling owners of the new Escape not to drive the vehicle until dealers can fix a fuel line that may crack and cause engine fires. There has only been one such incident with a customer and no injuries were reported.</p><p> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 18:31:50 +0000 Devin Katayama, Kentucky Public Radio 29839 at http://weku.fm Law School Makes $2.4 Million Mistake http://weku.fm/post/law-school-makes-24-million-mistake <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px; ">University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law needs to plug a $2.4 million hole after officials gave too much scholarship money to first year incoming students.&nbsp;Several students were reportedly granted a scholarship they either shouldn&rsquo;t have been, or the amount the school offered was way too high.&nbsp;It&rsquo;s unclear at this time why students were given extra&nbsp; funds, but U of L officials say an internal investigation is looking into the issue.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px; "> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 19:02:58 +0000 Devin Katayama, Kentucky Public Radio 29774 at http://weku.fm Appeals Court Orders Records Release http://weku.fm/post/appeals-court-orders-records-release <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px; ">The Kentucky Court of Appeals has denied a request from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services that would further prevent the release of certain child abuse records.&nbsp;Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd ordered the Cabinet to release nearly 180 case documents&nbsp;<a href="http://archives.wfpl.org/2012/02/24/judge-speeds-process-for-releasing-child-abuse-records/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); ">earlier this year</a>. The Cabinet released some documents but redacted information that could be useful in determining whether the agency is operating appropriately.</p><p> Tue, 10 Jul 2012 18:20:41 +0000 Devin Katayama, Kentucky Public Radio 29347 at http://weku.fm Medical Marijuana Bill Proposed Again http://weku.fm/post/medical-marijuana-bill-proposed-again <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>A Louisville lawmaker is again preparing to unveil legislation that he will introduce in next year&#39;s legislative session that would legalize marijuana for medical purposes.&nbsp; Louisville&rsquo;s Democratic state Sen. Perry Clark is promoting what he has dubbed the &quot;Gatewood Galbraith Medical Marijuana Memorial Act.&quot; &ldquo;One of his favorite statements was it&rsquo;s food, fuel, fiber and medicine and I think we&rsquo;re finding that out from all the research and everything that we find,&quot; said Clark. Thu, 05 Jul 2012 19:05:08 +0000 Devin Katayama, Kentucky Public Radio 29136 at http://weku.fm Report Shows KY Higher Ed Needs Improvement http://weku.fm/post/report-shows-ky-higher-ed-needs-improvement <p>A <a href="http://icw.uschamber.com/reportcard/kentucky/">U.S. Chamber of Commerce report</a> rates Kentucky&rsquo;s higher education system below the national average in cost versus benefit. The Institute for a Competitive Workforce put out its <em>Leaders &amp; Leggards</em>&nbsp;report showing Kentucky&rsquo;s four-year institutions cost more than the national median, &nbsp;but they have a lower graduation rate than other schools. Wed, 20 Jun 2012 22:41:27 +0000 Devin Katayama, Kentucky Public Radio 28381 at http://weku.fm Report Shows KY Higher Ed Needs Improvement Bluegrass Boardwalk Withdraws Proposal http://weku.fm/post/bluegrass-boardwalk-withdraws-proposal <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>After nine months of planning, Bluegrass Boardwalk, Inc. has withdrawn its proposal to re-open the Kentucky Kindgom theme park. According to a release, Bluegrass Boardwalk owners the Koch family&mdash;who also own Holiday World in southern Indiana&mdash;say leasing the park from the state would not fit in their business model. Further, CEO Natalie Koch cites &quot;the many layers of governmental regulations and stipulations&quot; as a reason for withdrawing. Sun, 17 Jun 2012 13:53:05 +0000 & Devin Katayama, Kentucky Public Radio 28183 at http://weku.fm Bluegrass Boardwalk Withdraws Proposal State Approves Tax Breaks for Bluegrass Boardwalk http://weku.fm/post/state-approves-tax-breaks-bluegrass-boardwalk <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>The Kentucky Tourism Cabinet has approved tax incentives for the re-opening of the Kentucky Kingdom theme park. The Bluegrass Boardwalk corporation could get up to $3.9 million in tax breaks over the next decade for investing in the park, attracting out-of-state visitors and creating jobs. The company, which is owned by the same family that owns the Holiday World park in Indiana, plans to spend $15.6 million repairing and renovating Kentucky Kingdom. Wed, 13 Jun 2012 23:13:44 +0000 & Devin Katayama, Kentucky Public Radio 28016 at http://weku.fm State Approves Tax Breaks for Bluegrass Boardwalk Above Average Progress In Kentucky's Grad Rates http://weku.fm/post/above-average-progress-kentuckys-grad-rates <p><a href="http://www.edweek.org/ew/toc/2012/06/07/index.html?intc=EW-DC12-LNAV" style="font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); ">Education Week&rsquo;s</a><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">&nbsp;annual report,</span><a href="http://www.edweek.org/media/diplomascount2012_presspacket_final.pdf" style="font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); ">Diploma&rsquo;s Count</a><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">, shows while Kentucky has made significant improvements in the number of students graduating over a ten-year period, the commonwealth still falls behind the national average.&nbsp;The big news announced this week: between 1999 and 2009 the graduation rate rose to 73.4 percent, which is the highest it has been since the late&nbsp;</span>1970s<span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">, according to the report.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 08 Jun 2012 18:31:45 +0000 Devin Katayama, Kentucky Public Radio 27778 at http://weku.fm New Website to Help Community College Students http://weku.fm/post/new-website-help-community-college-students <p>Kentucky&rsquo;s Council on Post Secondary Education will launch a website this week to help students who are transferring from community and technical colleges to four-year universities. &ldquo;They would start at community colleges and then a good deal of their course work would not transfer toward the degree,&quot; said Rep. Carl Rollins, D-56. The called &ldquo;<a href="http://knowhow2goky.org/kh2t/index.php">Know How 2 Transfer</a>&rdquo; is &nbsp;a result of 2010 legislation, <a href="http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/10rs/HB160.htm">HB 160</a>, sponsored by Rollins. The law creates better consistency among general education courses in community and technical colleges. Mon, 04 Jun 2012 19:41:22 +0000 Devin Katayama, Kentucky Public Radio 27494 at http://weku.fm New Website to Help Community College Students Kindergarten Screening Program Could Be Approved http://weku.fm/post/kindergarten-screening-program-could-be-approved <p>The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) has contracted with a private company to implement a kindergarten screener program, but the state still needs to approve the regulatory to require all public schools to screen incoming students. If approved this summer, the screening would help teachers determine how prepared students are before entering school by assessing their skills on a group or individual basis. Wed, 30 May 2012 19:35:38 +0000 Devin Katayama, Kentucky Public Radio 27255 at http://weku.fm Report Shines Light on Incarcerated Youth http://weku.fm/post/report-shines-light-incarcerated-youth <p>A new report by Kentucky Youth Advocates is shining light on the state&rsquo;s high number of incarcerated youth with low priority crimes. The report released this week,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kyyouth.org/documents/12pub_EndingIncarcerationforStatusOffenses.pdf">Ending the Use of Incarceration for Status Offenders in Kentucky</a>,&nbsp;shows nearly one in every six incarcerated minorities is jailed for low priority offenses. The data comes from the Department of Juvenile Justice. Wed, 16 May 2012 19:26:02 +0000 Devin Katayama, Kentucky Public Radio 26571 at http://weku.fm Report Shines Light on Incarcerated Youth Kentucky Resubmitting Changes to Reading Tests http://weku.fm/post/kentucky-resubmitting-changes-reading-tests <p>The Kentucky Board of Education is resubmitting changes to the way students with learning disabilities take reading comprehension tests. Last year, <a href="http://www.wfpl.org/2011/12/07/kentucky-approves-inclusion-of-special-needs-students-in-assessments/">the board approved a regulatory change</a> that would prevent certain students from having teachers read them portions of reading comprehension tests. Now, the state is allowing some students in special circumstances to bypass that regulation. Mon, 14 May 2012 15:07:08 +0000 Devin Katayama, Kentucky Public Radio 26420 at http://weku.fm U of L Board Approves Tuition Increase http://weku.fm/post/u-l-board-approves-tuition-increase <p>The University of Louisville Board of Trustees approved the 2012-2013 budget Thursday, including a 6 percent tuition increase for students. The state cut higher education by 6.4 percent in its final budget, which is about $9.7 million for U of L.&nbsp;The $482.6 million general fund budget approved by the board covers the university&rsquo;s primary operations, including salaries and it includes tuition increases for students and funding cuts to departments totaling $6 million. Fri, 11 May 2012 13:40:49 +0000 Devin Katayama, Kentucky Public Radio 26304 at http://weku.fm Kentucky Ranks High in National Science Scores http://weku.fm/post/kentucky-ranks-high-national-science-scores <p>Kentucky&rsquo;s 8th grade science scores in the latest national assessment exceed that of the nation&rsquo;s average, but the state made less progress overall. &ldquo;The average scale score for our 8th graders in science is six points above the national average,&rdquo; said Lisa Gross, spokeswomen for the Kentucky Department of Education. Thu, 10 May 2012 19:05:32 +0000 Devin Katayama, Kentucky Public Radio 26262 at http://weku.fm Online Wagers Boost Earnings for Churchill Downs http://weku.fm/post/online-wagers-boost-earnings-churchill-downs <p>Officials with Churchill Downs Incorporated say increased Internet wagering has boosted first quarter earnings. CDI gained $1.3 million in the first three months of this year. CDI officials say because of the lack of live racing days it&rsquo;s common to see losses in first quarter earnings, but CDI&rsquo;s Chief Financial Officer Bill Mudd said there has been a 5 percent increase in wagering nationwide and CDI has always been ahead of the game. Tue, 08 May 2012 18:22:53 +0000 Devin Katayama, Kentucky Public Radio 26139 at http://weku.fm