Education

2:06pm

Tue December 9, 2014
Education

Legislation Proposed to Help Close Achievement Gap in Lexington and Louisville

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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.

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3:16pm

Fri December 5, 2014
Education

EKU Officials Move Forward Following Reorganization

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Eastern Kentucky University officials are beginning to implement the results of a months-long restructuring process.

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5:10pm

Mon December 1, 2014
Education

Annual School Safety Report Includes Number of In-School Removals for First Time

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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.

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12:17pm

Thu November 27, 2014
Education

EKU Pres. Benson to Serve on NCAA Committee

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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

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5:22pm

Mon November 24, 2014
Education

UK Serves Thanksgiving Dinner at International Table

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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.

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4:31pm

Wed November 19, 2014
Education

KCTCS Chancellor Chosen to Head 16 College System

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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.

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5:41pm

Mon November 17, 2014
Education

EKU Officially Launches On Campus Emergency Food Pantry

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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.

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4:45pm

Fri November 14, 2014
Education

EKU's Hosts 9th Occupational Therapy Research Day

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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.

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10:38pm

Sun November 9, 2014
Education

Student Exchange Program Bridges American and Pakistani Cultures

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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.' 

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11:21pm

Sun November 2, 2014
Education

Higher Ed Consortium Seeks More Business Involvement

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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.

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3:21pm

Mon October 27, 2014
Education

Murray State Deferring Applications from Africa

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Murray State University in Kentucky is deferring applications from students in West African countries affected by Ebola until the fall of 2015.

Provost and Vice President Jay Morgan says the school is still accepting applications from Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, but students will not be admitted in January.

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5:59pm

Fri October 24, 2014
Education

Burse Chosen as Kentucky State President Again

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Former Kentucky State University President Raymond Burse has been chosen by the school's board of regents to return to the post he left 25 years ago.

Burse has been interim president since July 1 following the retirement of Mary Evans Sias from the historically black college.

 

 

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5:54pm

Thu October 23, 2014
Education

EKU Breaks Ground on 2nd Phase of Science Building Project

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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

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10:42pm

Sun October 19, 2014
Education

Eastern Kentucky University Presidential Inauguration This Week

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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.

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3:46pm

Tue October 7, 2014
Education

Advanced Placement Test Participation Doubles

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The number of Kentucky public school students taking Advanced Placement tests has more than doubled since 2008.

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10:12pm

Mon October 6, 2014
Education

Following Audit, Fayette School Board Briefed on Corrective Action Plan

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    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. 

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5:25pm

Tue September 30, 2014
Education

Police: 1 Student Hurt, suspect in Custody Following Louisville High School Shooting

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Louisville police say they have arrested a juvenile in the shooting of a high school student that prompted a school-wide lockdown and evacuation.

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4:46pm

Thu September 25, 2014
Education

University of Pikeville and Aspiring Entrepreneurs to Benefit from Federal Funding

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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.

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4:07pm

Wed September 24, 2014
Education

Grants Go to Four Kentucky School Systems to Address Student Behavior, Mental Health Issues

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Four Kentucky school districts will receive millions of dollars to help address student mental health challenges and improve the learning environment in class. 

The federal grants are part of the "Now is the Time" initiative.

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10:51pm

Mon September 22, 2014
Education

EKU to Launch New Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology

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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.

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9:23pm

Wed September 17, 2014
Education

State Audit Finds Chronic Mismanagement in Fayette Schools' Budget and Finances, No Criminal Wrongdo

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An examination of the second largest school district in Kentucky found long standing mismanagement of budget and finances. 

Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen Wednesday detailed findings about the audit of Fayette County Public Schools.

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5:47pm

Tue September 16, 2014
Education

Centre College Launches First Generation Student Scholarship Program

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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. 

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4:15pm

Wed September 10, 2014
Education

Dropped Students Returning to Kentucky State

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Kentucky State University says 70 percent of the students who were dropped for nonpayment are back at school.

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5:03pm

Fri September 5, 2014
Education

Midway College Reports Balanced Budget Following Previous Year's Deficit

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    After ending last fiscal year with a deficit approaching $2 million, the president of Midway College says the financial health of his school is improving. 

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10:25pm

Thu September 4, 2014
Education

UK Celebrates Its Largest Gift in School History

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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. 

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10:17pm

Thu September 4, 2014
Education

KSU’s Decision to Drop Students for Nonpayment Prompts Broader Discussion

Aaron Thompson-Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education
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Kentucky State University is dropping a quarter of its students for nonpayment.  The Lexington Herald-Leader reports some of the bills are as high as $40,000 and have lasted two years.

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6:00am

Wed September 3, 2014
Education

Kentucky Making Progress Toward Top 20 National Status in Education

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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.

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4:41pm

Tue September 2, 2014
Education

EKU Fall Enrollment Up Almost Two Percent

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Preliminary figures from Eastern Kentucky University show a two percent increase in overall student enrollment.  As of August 26th, 16 thousand, 454 students were signed up for the 20-14 fall semester. 

E-K-U is seeing an eleven percent increase in registered African-American students. The number of Hispanic/Latino students attending E-K-U is up 19 percent, compared to the same time last fall. 

On-line credit hours are up 15-point-6 percent with almost 15 hundred students taking on-line classes. 

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11:25am

Wed August 27, 2014
Education

Breathitt Schools to Remain Under State Control

"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.

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4:15pm

Mon August 25, 2014
Education

Education Officials Seek Input on Common Core Academic Standards

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Kentucky teachers, parents, and other interested citizens now have a chance to weigh in on the common core academic standards. 

It's the first time public comment has been sought since the standards were implemented in 2011.

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