Education

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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10:57pm

Sun August 24, 2014
Education

EKU and KCTCS Partner on New Transfer Program

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Eastern Kentucky University and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System are joining forces on a new statewide college credit transfer program. 

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3:45pm

Wed August 20, 2014
Education

Kentucky Public School Students Make a Better Grade on ACT

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Kentucky's ACT scores are improving at a higher rate than students nationally.  Kentucky's composite ACT average has improved almost a full percentage point over the last four years.  State Department of Education Associate Commissioner Ken Draut says that's promising.  "In the ACT world, a point one gain, point two gain is considered a very nice gain across time.  What we're seeing across time is, you know picking up a full point over five years in several different areas," said Draut.

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10:23pm

Tue August 19, 2014
Education

Transy's Incoming Freshman Class Most Diverse in School History

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Classes begin at Transylvania University in a couple of weeks. When doors open, the Lexington school will welcome its most diverse class ever. 

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5:43pm

Mon August 18, 2014
Education

EKU President and Cabinet Take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

EKU President Michael Benson (far left) and the President's Council
Sean McCormick WEKU News

Eastern Kentucky University President Dr. Mike Benson and the President’s Council took part in the Ice Bucket Challenge on EKU’s Richmond campus Monday afternoon.

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10:17pm

Sun August 17, 2014
Education

Enrollment Up and Down at Eastern Kentucky University

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    Monday is the first day of the fall semester at Eastern Kentucky University.  Sharon Lott is beginning her tenure in EKU's American Sign Language and Interpreter Education program.  She comes to the Richmond school after teaching 20 years in North Carolina. 

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2:36pm

Wed August 13, 2014
Education

EKU President: School Branding Reboot and Multiple Construction Projects Planned

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Universities must comply with numerous laws, regulations and policies. Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson says there are federal reporting requirements for everything from financial aid, to accounting, to on-campus crime statistics. 

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4:26pm

Mon August 11, 2014
Education

Major Expansion in Free Meal Program for Fayette School District

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Thousands of additional students in Lexington public schools are now eligible to receive free breakfast and lunch. 

The free meal program expansion comes without a financial impact to the local school district.

When the new school year begins Wednesday in Fayette County, all students at 27 qualified schools can eat free.  Child Nutrition Director Michelle Coker says only one school offered this program last year.  "It was a surprise we had that many sites.  That was a good surprise," said Coker.

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10:02pm

Tue July 29, 2014
Education

EKU Prepares to Launch Video Gaming Institute

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Eastern Kentucky University is joining a number of other post-secondary schools to further video game development education. 

EKU is a member of the Higher Education Video Games Alliance. 

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10:55pm

Mon June 23, 2014
Education

UK Enters into $210 Million Multimedia Rights Contract

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University of Kentucky athletics is entering into a $210 million dollar multimedia marketing rights agreement with JMI Sports.  The 15-year agreement is being called "one of the most valuable partnerships of it's kind."

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10:49pm

Mon June 23, 2014
Education

School Cafeterias Across Ky Serving 17,000 Fewer Meals

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School nutritionists from across the Commonwealth are trying to get more students to eat healthier meals during the instructional day.  About 700 school cooks, managers, and administrators are meeting for a statewide conference this week in Lexington. 

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4:21pm

Tue June 10, 2014
Education

UK Budget Exceeds $3 Billion for First Time


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10:33pm

Sun June 8, 2014
Education

International Book Project to Send E-Readers to South Africa

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    The Lexington-based International Book Project is initiating an electronic reader program in South Africa. 

75 e-readers are scheduled to be shipped overseas later this summer.  International Book Project Director Kristen Svarczkopf says each electronic instrument will feature several books with mostly African publishers.  "So, this is a way that we could get books to people we haven't been able to before in really rural areas like the small shipment method does, but at a lower cost and has the added benefit of introducing them to technology," said Svarczkopf.

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4:36pm

Tue June 3, 2014
Education

UK Grants to Help Freshmen Adjust to College

Mark Kornbluh
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    The University of Kentucky is one of 37 research schools receiving grant dollars to help retain science and math students.  UK is getting almost two million dollars from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. 

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