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
EKU President Michael Benson Connects with Board Chair Craig Turner Through Face Time
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The Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents on Friday approved a new student fee that would help support renovation and construction of a student center and recreation facilities. Passage of this fee is just one piece of a broader campus development plan.
Under the proposal, students would start paying $150 per semester beginning this summer. EKU officials are preparing to ask the state legislature in 2016 to borrow $60 million to renovate the student center and build a new recreation facility.
The University of Kentucky's Board of Regents has approved a tuition and mandatory fees plan for the fall semester. School officials say the increases are in line with recent years.
The tuition and mandatory fee hike this fall for resident undergrads will be three percent. The combined average increase at UK over the last four years stands at just over four percent. That compares with an average ten percent tuition hike from 2005 to 2008.
The Senate Education Committee is backing a significant change to Kentucky's Education Reform Law. The measure, approved Thursday, would change the role of school councils across the state. Bill Sponsor John Schickel says councils would no longer be involved in the hiring of principals and teachers. He believes that authority should rest with school superintendents and principals. "It's hard to ask someone to manage something, but not give them the proper tools or authority,” said Schickel. “In my mind and in the minds of many people it’s a flawed system, a flaw in generally what's a v
More than a hundred people, most of them parents of Lexington students, gathered at Bryan Station High School Thursday night. Concerned residents got the opportunity to weigh in on the Fayette School System's student re-districting program.
Centre College is making public its campaign to raise $200 million. The private school in Danville has also announced the creation of the Lincoln Scholars program. Centre Vice President Richard Trollinger says an improving economy is welcomed news. "I've been involved in a number of campaigns over the last 40 years, and I've never gone public with a campaign when the economic conditions appear to be so favorable," said Trollinger.
The Centre College capital campaign is scheduled to end January 21, 2019, a date that coincides with the school's bicentennial.
This fall, the University of Pikeville is opening a new college for teachers. The Patton College of Education is named after former governor and current UPIKE chancellor, Paul Patton, who is from Appalachia.
Dean David Barnett says, upon graduation, many education students are opting to stay in the region to teach. "The desire to want to return home is already there and so we want to make sure that those people, aspiring educators, have the skills needed to meet those unique needs," said Barnett.
As the new — and paid — president emeritus of the Kentucky Community & Technical College System, Michael McCall will attend meetings, give advice, provide executive coaching, help hire new executives and help run a systemwide leadership academy now bearing his name.
The number of Kentucky children who are prepared for kindergarten is nearly unchanged over last year—half of kids entering school still don’t have the basic skills that the state deems as necessary to be “kindergarten-ready.”
The Kentucky Department of Education’s annual kindergarten readiness results released Wednesday show that 50 percent of children are prepared for a public education, a 1 percent increase from last year.
In Jefferson County Public Schools, 51.9 percent of children were ready for kindergarten this school year.
Centre College is gaining additional student housing in the form of a 60 year old house on wheels. The bungalow brick home was transported some six blocks just after midnight Wednesday and brought to the Danville campus.