Education

2:00am

Mon August 3, 2015
Education

Higher Education's 'College Info Road Show' Travels Kentucky Roads

Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

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.

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10:10pm

Mon July 27, 2015
Education

School Principals Attend Class While Students Wrap Up Summer Break

Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

    

While school children are enjoying their last few days poolside, many of their principals are in the classroom. The National Institute for School Leadership Program is meeting this week in Lexington.

About two dozen central Kentucky principals are meeting at Garden Springs Elementary.

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9:57pm

Mon July 20, 2015
Education

SOAR STEM Project Unveiled

Credit lanereport.com

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. 
 

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11:06pm

Sun July 19, 2015
Education

Performance-Based Higher Education Funding Possible in 2016

Credit cpe.ky.gov

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. 

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5:22pm

Wed July 1, 2015
Education

EKU President Outlines Campus Transformation to City Leaders and Community

Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

    

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.

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5:25pm

Mon June 29, 2015
Education

New Fayette Schools Chief Comes with Large District Experience

New Fayette Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk
Credit lanereport.com

    

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. 

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11:07pm

Tue June 23, 2015
Education

EKU Housing Plan Calls for Demolition and New Construction

Credit eku.edu

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. 

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9:06pm

Tue June 16, 2015
Education

UK Funding Free Bus Service for Students, Faculty, and Staff

Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

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."

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4:03pm

Fri June 12, 2015
Education

Teaching Civility Early in School May Help Reduce Bullying Later

Credit unh.edu

    

Courses on civility in elementary school could help reduce bullying.  That's the advice of a long time researcher who's studied youth civility.

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3:32pm

Mon June 1, 2015
Education

KSU Budget Proposal Includes Cuts to Faculty, Staff

Credit kysu.edu

Kentucky State University President Raymond Burse has outlined plans for next year's $45.8 million operating budget.

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5:47pm

Wed May 27, 2015
Education

Lexington Third Grader Wins College Savings Account for Anti-Bullying Essay

Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

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.

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9:20am

Fri May 22, 2015
Education

EKU Planetarium Renovated

Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

  

Eastern Kentucky University's Hummel Planetarium has undergone a significant facelift. 

Re-opening ceremonies were staged Thursday highlighting $160 thousand in equipment upgrades expected to make the 27-year-old facility more attractive to students and the general public. 

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4:36pm

Fri May 15, 2015
Education

Graduation Ceremonies at EKU and WKU This Weekend

Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

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.

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10:39pm

Wed May 13, 2015
Education

Gamers Demonstrate Their Talents at EKU Exhibition

Credit richmondregister.com

    

The time required to develop a video game can vary widely from days to months to even years.  Eastern Kentucky University Wednesday played host to a regional video game exhibition.

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9:53pm

Tue May 12, 2015
Education

Eastern Ky County Benefits from Summer Reading Program

Credit owsley.kyschools.us

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. 

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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

Credit justice.eku.edu

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

Credit tristatehomepage.com

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

Credit keyconservationsradio.com

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

Credit regents.eku.edu

   

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

Credit kentucky.com

    

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

Credit kentucky.com / Lexington Herald Leader

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

Credit 4cforchildren.org

    

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

Credit kentucky.com

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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