Education

4:24pm

Mon May 4, 2015
Education

Fayette School Board Terminates Contract with Superintendent Search Firm

Credit kentucky.com / Lexington Herald Leader

The Fayette County school board has voted to terminate its contract with PROACT Search Inc.

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11:38am

Thu April 30, 2015
Education

EKU to Offer Social Justice Degree in Fall 2015

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This fall, Eastern Kentucky University will become the first college or university in the state to offer a Social Justice Studies degree.

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4:59pm

Fri April 24, 2015
Education

Several Child Welfare Agencies Collaborate to Prevent Child Abuse

Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

A coalition of Lexington area child welfare agencies is recognizing those working to reduce abuse and neglect.  Stand Up For Youth sponsored an appreciation event Friday morning at the Plantory.  Sunflower Kids coordinates supervised visitation, often court ordered by a judge.  Director Stephanie Hoffman says her agency works with some 140 families each year. "Educating parents about how having safe stable relationships with both parents is important.”

Hoffman adds there can’t be abuse by one parent and expect it not to affect the child.

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4:56pm

Fri April 24, 2015
Education

Early Childhood Academy Expansion

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A central Kentucky corporate mainstay and a social service nonprofit are working together to help more parents become actively involved in their children's pre-school education.  

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5:26pm

Wed April 22, 2015
Education

Longer School Days for Fayette County Students

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Lexington area students are spending a little more time at school this week. Public schools in Fayette County are extending the school day by 30 minutes to make up for missed instruction time due to wintry weather.  Acting Superintendent Marlene Helm says 177 days of strong instructional focus are required.  "It's not only an obligation, I think it's what we desire,” said Helm. “As educators, you want to make sure that you are giving your students a full instructional year."

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10:38pm

Tue April 21, 2015
Education

Fayette School Board Reviews Redistricting Plan

Board member Doug Barnett reviews rezoning recommendations
Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

Members of the Fayette County School Board are asking questions about the student redistricting plan.  A workshop was held Tuesday to preview recommendations after a year-long review.

The rezoning committee, comprised of some two dozen people, drafted plans for boundaries for elementary, middle, and high schools in the state's second largest district.  The workshop offered Board members a chance to ask about specific movement of students from one school to another. 

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5:07pm

Mon April 20, 2015
Education

Fall Tuition Rates for EKU Finalized

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Eastern Kentucky University's Board of Regents has put its stamp of approval on new rates for tuition and room and board.  Monday's board meeting followed action by a state governing agency.

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3:42pm

Fri April 17, 2015

5:57pm

Wed April 15, 2015
Education

Boundaries Redrawn in State's Second Largest School District

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A plan to redraw boundaries in the state's second largest school district is now before Fayette County School Board members.  The 24 member school rezoning panel has completed its work after 31 meetings and four public hearings over the past year. 

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3:30pm

Fri April 10, 2015
Education

Kentucky Education Reform: 25 Years Later

Credit enquirer.com

Education advocates say Kentucky still suffers from inadequate education funding 25 years after the legislature passed sweeping reforms.

The Kentucky Education Reform Act was signed into law 25 years ago this week and served as a model for national reforms. It included a $1.3 billion tax increase, gave parents a say in hiring principals and launched a daring, first-of-its kind accountability system for teachers based on how much children were learning.

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9:57am

Wed April 8, 2015
Education

Head of Prichard Committee Stepping Down to Address Health

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The executive director of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence is stepping down next year to address health issues.

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4:18pm

Mon April 6, 2015

3:58pm

Wed April 1, 2015
Education

Kentucky Education Commissioner Announces Retirement

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday will retire Aug. 31.
Credit Kentucky Department of Educaton

After more than five years at the helm of the Kentucky Department of Education, Commissioner Terry Holliday has announced plans to retire. 

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5:12pm

Thu March 26, 2015
Education

Newly Approved Legislation Greatly Increases Number of Evaluations of Child Care Facilities

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Legislation approved in the now completed 2015 Kentucky General Assembly means a major increase in the number of early child care facilities that are evaluated. Additional reviews will come over the next few years.

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11:51pm

Mon March 23, 2015
Education

High School Students Rally For Search Committee Voice

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Several high school students continue to let their voices be heard in Frankfort, but it may not result in the action they seek.  A number of sign carrying students rallied Monday in support of legislation to add student representation on school superintendent search committees.  Students are hoping for a last minute push to get the bill through the Kentucky general assembly.  It’s passage became more questionable after the state senate attached an amendment related to school bathroom regulations and transgender students.  Some members of the House have indicated inclusion of that amendment

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5:21pm

Fri March 20, 2015
Education

EKU Board Gives Go Ahead for New Student Fee

EKU President Michael Benson Connects with Board Chair Craig Turner Through Face Time
Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

    

The Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents on Friday approved a new student fee that would help support renovation and construction of a student center and recreation facilities.  Passage of this fee is just one piece of a broader campus development plan.

Under the proposal, students would start paying $150 per semester beginning this summer.  EKU officials are preparing to ask the state legislature in 2016 to borrow $60 million to renovate the student center and build a new recreation facility. 

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4:59pm

Mon March 16, 2015
Education

UK Board Approves Tuition Increase

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The University of Kentucky's Board of Regents has approved a tuition and mandatory fees plan for the fall semester. School officials say the increases are in line with recent years.

The tuition and mandatory fee hike this fall for resident undergrads will be three percent.  The combined average increase at UK over the last four years stands at just over four percent.  That compares with an average ten percent tuition hike from 2005 to 2008.

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10:22am

Fri February 27, 2015
Education

Weather Causes East Ky Districts to Cancel Spring Break

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Schools in eastern Kentucky have been out so much this winter due to the weather, two districts have canceled spring break.

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4:52pm

Thu February 26, 2015
Education

Legislation to Alter School Council Authority Moves to Senate Floor

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The Senate Education Committee is backing a significant change to Kentucky's Education Reform Law.  The measure, approved Thursday, would change the role of school councils across the state.  Bill Sponsor John Schickel says councils would no longer be involved in the hiring of principals and teachers.  He believes that authority should rest with school superintendents and principals.  "It's hard to ask someone to manage something, but not give them the proper tools or authority,” said Schickel. “In my mind and in the minds of many people it’s a flawed system, a flaw in generally what's a v

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11:09pm

Thu February 12, 2015
Education

Over 100 People Participate in a Fayette School Redistricting Listening Session

Stu Johnson

    More than a hundred people, most of them parents of Lexington students, gathered at Bryan Station High School Thursday night. Concerned residents got the opportunity to weigh in on the Fayette School System's student re-districting program.

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4:53pm

Wed February 4, 2015
Education

Model Lab School Closed Thursday Due to Illness

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Due to a high rate of illness, the Model Laboratory School in Richmond will be closed on Thursday, February 5.

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4:44pm

Mon February 2, 2015
Education

Centre Goes Public with New Scholarship Program and Capital Campaign

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Centre College is making public its campaign to raise $200 million.  The private school in Danville has also announced the creation of the Lincoln Scholars program.  Centre Vice President Richard Trollinger says an improving economy is welcomed news.  "I've been involved in a number of campaigns over the last 40 years, and I've never gone public with a campaign when the economic conditions appear to be so favorable," said Trollinger.

The Centre College capital campaign is scheduled to end January 21, 2019, a date that coincides with the school's bicentennial.

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4:20pm

Fri January 30, 2015
Education

UPIKE Opening New School for Teachers This Fall

Credit upike.edu

This fall, the University of Pikeville is opening a new college for teachers. The Patton College of Education is named after former governor and current UPIKE chancellor, Paul Patton, who is from Appalachia. 

Dean David Barnett says, upon graduation, many education students are opting to stay in the region to teach.  "The desire to want to return home is already there and so we want to make sure that those people, aspiring educators, have the skills needed to meet those unique needs," said Barnett.

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1:09pm

Thu January 29, 2015
Education

Senator Wants Foreign Language Credit Given for Programming

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Kentucky Senate President Pro Tem David Givens wants students who study computer programming to be given credit for learning a foreign language.

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10:50pm

Thu January 22, 2015
Education

Fayette Schools Panel Endorses New Elementary School Boundaries

Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

The group charged with drawing new school boundaries in Fayette County is working toward making final decisions in the coming weeks. Tentative elementary school lines were endorsed Thursday night.

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4:36pm

Thu January 22, 2015
Education

KCTCS Releases Details of President Emeritus Deal

Credit bigsandy.kctcs.edu

As the new — and paid — president emeritus of the Kentucky Community & Technical College System, Michael McCall will attend meetings, give advice, provide executive coaching, help hire new executives and help run a systemwide leadership academy now bearing his name.

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2:36pm

Thu January 22, 2015
Education

Graduation Rate Higher in Kentucky Than U.S. Overall

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The Kentucky Department of Education says the latest figures on statewide graduation rates are in, and Kentucky's rate is higher than the national mark.

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4:27pm

Wed January 21, 2015
Education

Half of Kentucky’s Kindergartners Were Ready For School

Credit ais-uae.com

The number of Kentucky children who are prepared for kindergarten is nearly unchanged over last year—half of kids entering school still don’t have the basic skills that the state deems as necessary to be “kindergarten-ready.”

The Kentucky Department of Education’s annual kindergarten readiness results released Wednesday show that 50 percent of children are prepared for a public education, a 1 percent increase from last year.

In Jefferson County Public Schools, 51.9 percent of children were ready for kindergarten this school year.

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9:06am

Wed January 21, 2015
Education

Historic House Comes to Centre Campus on Wheels

Credit Centre College

​Centre College is gaining additional student housing in the form of a 60 year old house on wheels.  The bungalow brick home was transported some six blocks just after midnight Wednesday and brought to the Danville campus.

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5:37pm

Thu January 15, 2015
Education

Transy Officials: Test Scores Optional Under Future Admissions Policy

Credit transy.edu

Transylvania University is moving toward a test-optional admissions policy.

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