A van outfitted with computer stations is travelling all over the state to spread the word about saving for college. The 'College Info Road Show' bus made a stop on Eastern Kentucky University's campus last week.
Governor Steve Beshear and Congressman Hal Rogers have announced an initiative aimed at enhancing math and science instruction in Appalachia. Several eastern Kentucky school districts are involved in the project.
Beshear and Rogers, co-chairs of the Shaping Our Appalachian Region initiative, gathered with educators from 22 eastern Kentucky school districts.
The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education is continuing to seek comments about its strategic agenda for the state's public universities. The work is being done with an eye toward a new form of funding by 2016.
The aim of the statewide strategic agenda is to, over time, increase educational attainment, bolster job creation, and increase per capita income.
Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson Tuesday night updated city leaders and community members on plans to transform the Richmond campus. Benson presented at the Town and Gown Vision 2020 Forum.
A person with experience in helping lead large school districts in New England is coming to head Kentucky's second largest school system. Manny Caulk got the nod during a special Fayette County board meeting this past weekend.
The 43-year-old Caulk comes to Lexington from Portland Maine where he headed the state's largest school district.
Eastern Kentucky University is moving forward with plans to upgrade student housing on the Richmond campus. The EKU Board of Regents received an update on the project Monday. Plans call for tearing down three dorms, as well as a portion of family housing, and constructing new facilities.
Beginning in July, taking a Lextran bus will be the cheapest option for University of Kentucky students, staff, and faculty members.
Lextran Board Chair Jeff Fugate hopes it will change the way people think about commuting. "I remember when I was a freshman here back in the 90's, I didn't have a car," said Fugate. "If couldn't walk there, I didn't go to it. And this will really open up our city to the students and then, at the same time, it gives the faculty and staff a way to get to and from work and maybe get out of their cars."
A Lexington third grader now has a bit of a head start on building her college fund. Anna Curry is one of six winners of the 'Dream Out Loud Challenge.'
Curry attends Sandersville Elementary. She wrote an essay for the challenge about ways to change the world after college. Curry suggested weekly 'kindness clubs' in schools. "I hope it would work so nobody bullied anybody else and everybody would be nice to each other and kind to each other," said Curry.
Caps and gowns will be prevalent at both Eastern Kentucky University and Western Kentucky University this weekend. The ceremonies come as the state is seeing a slowdown in the number of college graduations.
Following a two-year summer reading initiative, officials at an eastern Kentucky elementary school say their students' reading scores increased significantly. Owsley County Elementary is one of five Kentucky schools that participated in the national non-profit 'Reading is Fundamental' program.
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.
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."
Board member Doug Barnett reviews rezoning recommendations
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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