The State Department of Education is proposing new legislation to help Kentucky's two largest school districts address achievement gaps. The issue was discussed Monday during a state legislative committee meeting.
There's been a sizeable increase in resolutions to school violations across Kentucky. That's according to research released last week from the Kentucky Center on School Safety. For the first time, Center Director Jon Akers says the report includes data on in-school removals. "Far more kids are put into in-school removal, maybe for an hour, sometimes a couple of hours, or sometimes for a couple of days. But, we never recorded that in our reports heretofore. It was never given to us in that format," said Akers.
Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson has been tabbed to serve on an NCAA Committee representing Football Championship Subdivision institutions. The EKU President is the first from the Ohio Valley Conference to serve on the honors committee. Benson says this offers a time to recognize student athletes off the field. "These really remarkable student athletes, tens of thousands that every day go to class, do what they are supposed to do, that represent their institutions. And this is a way to recognize, what I believe athletics is all about, and that is access to education
For the ninth year, international students at the University of Kentucky staying on campus for Thanksgiving Day will be treated to dinner. Alumni Association Program Coordinator Meg Phillips says she's expecting a crowd at Tuesday night's traditional Thanksgiving feast.
In January, the chancellor for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System will move into the presidency. The KCTCS Board voted unanimously Wednesday to confirm Dr. Jay Box as successor to current President Michael McCall.
Eastern Kentucky University is establishing an on campus emergency food pantry. Items for the Colonel's Cupboard will come from student and staff donations. EKU Assistant Director of Student Life-Services, Will Keaton says 21 percent of students surveyed said they've faced food insecurity issues over the past year. "The purpose of the cupboard is to provide short term food assistance boxes, while connecting our students to resources that help deal with the long term causes of why they may be facing food insecurity," said Keaton.
Hundreds of people gathered at Eastern Kentucky University Friday for the 9th annual Occupational Research Day. Ann Shoredike has worked for 20 years in EKU's Occupational Science and Therapy Department. Shoredike says injuries, severe illnesses, and an aging population across Kentucky are increasing the need for occupational therapists. "The ante's up all around. Everybody is half scrambling in a very studied way working to meet the demands from society, the demands as far as levels of knowledge, of expertise, and education," said Shoredike.
Lexington played host for four days to about 140 Pakistani students. The group is involved in the United States Education Foundation in Pakistan. 27-year-old Affan Javed is a student at Columbia University. Javed is studying Public Administration in Urban and Social Policy. "And I think like over here the intention of the professor is to always make sure that you grasp the concept and not just the final product of it," said Javed.
Javed says this program offers an opportunity to share perceived realities of both the U.S. and Pakistan and 'bridge the gap of understanding.'
Central Kentucky higher education leaders gathered last week for a business summit. Members of the Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium met in Lexington to discuss a range of issues. Bluegrass Tomorrow President Rob Rumpke says one goal is to shorten college careers from six to four years. "Getting them graduated, getting them into lifelong learning. And there by creating a better economy for central Kentucky," said Rumpke.
A groundbreaking event Thursday at Eastern Kentucky University marked the official start of phase two construction of the school's new science building. Biological Sciences Professor Malcolm Frisbee says the 155,000 square foot building will allow for more hands on teaching and research. "For example in the biological sciences, the department has designed a specific suite for genomic research, we've got a couple of suites for biomedical research. On the geography and geology side, they have designed a couple of spaces specifically for geotechnical research that would involve things lik
Eastern Kentucky University formally recognizes its 12th president this week. The Richmond school will hold an inaugural ceremony Friday afternoon for Dr. Michael Benson.
The Utah native, who began his tenure at the Richmond school in 2013, says the event recognizes more than any individual. "I've tried my best to tell folks planning it, that this is not about me. This institution is bigger than me or any of us. I mean it's been around for a long time. It's gonna be around far beyond our tenure," said Benson.
The Fayette County School System is working to develop a corrective plan of action to address concerns outlined in a recent state audit.
School Superintendent Tom Shelton briefed board members Monday on the administration's strategy during an afternoon work session.
Released almost three weeks ago, an audit of the state's second largest school system found no criminal wrongdoing, but significant mismanagement. Superintendent Shelton on Monday described action steps one by one in areas like professional development and expenditure reporting.
Would-be entrepreneurs in rural Kentucky may soon receive federal start-up funds. Acting Under Secretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Doug O'Brien, made the announcement Wednesday in eastern Kentucky.
Eastern Kentucky University is gearing up to offer a new doctoral degree in clinical psychology. The Richmond school received Council on Postsecondary approval last week. EKU Director of Clinical Training Dustin Wygant says a main emphasis will be on preparing psychology practitioners to work in rural areas. "And that's gonna be quite clear in our materials and the kind of students we're trying to attract for this program are gonna be interested, not just paying lip service, but really interested in training and remaining in these underserved areas," said Wygant.
Centre College is looking for 40 first generation students to participate in a new scholarship program. Ten Grissom Scholars are expected to be enrolled in next fall's classes and 10 more each year through 20-18.
University of Kentucky officials are celebrating after receiving the largest gift in the school's history. UK graduate and Trustee Bill Gatton is donating $20 million to go toward construction of a new 330,000 square-foot student center.
The Commonwealth is seeing gains and losses in its race to reach top tier national status in key areas of education. In 2008, the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence challenged the state to reach the top 20 by the year 2020.
The committee Wednesday released an update on the state's progress. According to the report, Kentucky is on track to meet the goal in areas like fourth and eighth grade reading, teacher salaries, and Advanced Placement credits. However, the state has lost ground in areas including eighth grade math and the share of higher education costs to families.
"Our district wants to do better," said Breathitt County High School principal Derek McKnight. "The fear is, if the state left tomorrow, would we go back to the same practices that we were seeing before? And I'm afraid that we would."
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The Kentucky Board of Education has decided to keep control of the Breathitt County school district for up to three more years.