Education

2:41pm

Wed November 23, 2011
Education

Mason County Schools Under Investigation

Since June, the Mason County School District has been under investigation by the Office of Education Accountability in Frankfort. The OEA was created by the Kentucky General Assembly to investigate complaints against Kentucky school districts and is a separate entity from the Department of Education. According to Karen Timmel, division manager of investigations at OEA, the agency's primary charge is to investigate violations of the Kentucky Education Reform Act, however, if during an investigation other issues outside the realm of KERA are uncovered, OEA refers those activities elsewhere.

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10:06am

Fri November 18, 2011
Education

Education Week Editor Addresses Prichard Committee

The South may help explain the shift toward college-and-career readiness in education, according to Education Week Editor Virginia Edwards. Edwards will be in Kentucky Friday to speak at the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence fall meeting. She previously worked at the Courier-Journal for several years and this will be the second time she’s addressed the education advocacy organization.

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11:05am

Thu November 17, 2011
Education

Cell Ban on Teachers at Frankfort School

Personal phone calls and text messages are no longer allowed during class time for Frankfort Independent teachers and staff. Board of Education members gave final approval to a new policy Tuesday, banning personal cell phone use by employees during class time. Calls and texts must now wait for planning periods, lunch breaks or before or after school, according to the new rules.

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10:55am

Thu November 17, 2011
Education

Union President Announces Retirement

Union College president Ed deRosset announced Monday that he will officially retire as the college's president at the end of December, 18 months ahead of a planned retirement date of 2013 set earlier this year.

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10:45am

Thu November 17, 2011
Education

Early College Start pays Off

Hunter Townsend says he was about to be a high-school dropout two years ago. On Monday, he received a standing ovation for his remarks at the Georgetown/Scott County Chamber of Commerce luncheon held at the Toyota Visitor’s Center. Townsend was one of several students on hand taking part in Bluegrass Community and Technical College’s Early College program at Elkhorn Crossing School.

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1:19pm

Wed November 16, 2011
Education

Frankfort Schools Ban Cell Phone Use for Teachers

Personal phone calls and text messages are no longer allowed during class time for Frankfort Independent teachers and staff. Board of Education members gave final approval to a new policy Tuesday, banning personal cell phone use by employees during class time. Calls and texts must now wait for planning periods, lunch breaks or before or after school, according to the new rules. Brad Hughes, spokesman for the Kentucky School Boards Association, says very few school districts statewide have policies related to personal use of cell phones during class time. That’s because most of the policies only come up when there’s a problem, he said.

12:32pm

Tue November 15, 2011
Education

College Prepares Students for College

The University of Louisville has received a federal grant to help disadvantaged students prepare for college.  U of L’s Talent Search program targets middle and high school students and provides them with academic and personal counseling. Roy Sutton is a counselor who plans on working with students from Western Middle School. He’s also a graduate of U of L’s Upward Bound program, which is similar to the new initiative. But with the Talent Search program, counselors will work in the schools to help students recognize that college is an option.

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2:54pm

Mon November 14, 2011
Education

UK Smoking Ban Changes Student Attitudes

The University of Kentucky is celebrating the second anniversary of becoming a Tobacco-Free campus. Monday in the Student Center members of the Tobacco-free Campus Initiative Task Force provided an update on some of the impact that the policy has had on the school. Audrey Darville, is a tobacco treatment specialist with UK Healthcare.

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10:18am

Mon November 14, 2011
Education

KY Submits Waiver Application for No Child Left Behind

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says he feels positive about Kentucky’s application to waive federal requirements under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. Several states will be turning in applications Monday for exemptions from NCLB regulations that many consider outdated and unrealistic. Kentucky was one of the first states to announce its decision to ask the federal government to use its own accountability measures.

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7:46am

Mon November 14, 2011
Education

KY Wants Waiver from NCLB

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says he feels positive about Kentucky’s application to waive federal requirements under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. Several states will be turning in applications Monday for exemptions from NCLB regulations that many consider outdated and unrealistic. Kentucky was one of the first states to announce its decision to ask the federal government to use its own accountability measures.

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10:04am

Wed November 9, 2011
Education

Nelson County Welcomes New Public High School

Parents of high school students in the Nelson County School District are likely to receive a letter by the end of the week, either from Nelson County High School Principal Eric Gilpin, or from Thomas Nelson High School Principal Wes Bradley. The letter will also serve to inform parents which school their child will attend, as many people are still unsure in which high school’s district they reside, Superintendent Anthony Orr said. The new school, set to open in August, will become the fourth high school in Nelson County.

1:44pm

Mon November 7, 2011
Education

State Program Drills Parents on Child Care

Caleb Hisle plays with colored blocks as part of the HANDS program for first-time parents. The program teaches parents how to interact and bond with their children.
Rachel Parsons Winchester Sun

At 2 1/2 years old, Caleb Hisle likes to sing “The Itsy Bitsy Spider,” holding his Elliot the Elephant and playing blocks with his dad. HANDS program home visitor Amber Azbill said all those activities can be used to further Caleb’s development, and help him bond with his parents. The state program was created in 2000. HANDS, Health Access Nurturing Development Services, is free to all new parents, regardless of income.

10:20am

Mon November 7, 2011
Education

Louisville Hosts National Middle School Conference

Actor and author Henry Winkler is a keynote speaker at this week’s National Conference for Middle School Educators in Louisville.  Winkler will be joined by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday.

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10:16am

Mon November 7, 2011
Education

KY Leads New Education Standards Initiative

Kentucky has been selected to model a new initiative that helps implement the common core state education standards.  Kentucky was the first state to adopt the standards, which look to unify what students learn (map shows current states that have adopted the standards). Now, the Kentucky Department of Education will help develop a framework for providing professional development at the state level, said Joellen Killion, senior advisor with the organization Learning Forward. It’s a non-profit that plans to work with seven states over the next two years.

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10:03am

Mon November 7, 2011
Education

Jessamine Schools Target Underage Smokers

Students younger than 18 who bring tobacco to East or West Jessamine high schools in Nicholasville can find themselves paying a steep price. School resource officers at the two Jessamine County high schools now issue citations to underage students if they are caught with cigarettes or tobacco products on school property. The tickets are referred to Jessamine County Juvenile Court, where students can face fines of as much as $150 for violations, Jessamine Superintendent Lu Young said.

10:03am

Fri November 4, 2011
Education

Kentucky College Student Debt on the Rise

More than half of Kentucky's 2010 class incurred debt to pay for college and the number of those who borrowed grew by 4 percentage points over the previous year. While 54 percent of students who graduated with four-year or more degrees had student debt in 2009, 58 percent did in 2010, according to data released Thursday by the Project on Student Debt. The average debt of graduates also grew slightly, from $19,112 to $19,375. Kentucky ranks 43rd for student loan debt among last year's graduates. The national average was $25,250, up from $24,000 in 2009.

1:35pm

Wed November 2, 2011
Education

Kentucky Math & Reading Scores Show Improvement

Kentucky’s math and reading test scores show continued growth and, in some instances, exceed the national average, according to test scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).  The scores released this week measure 4th and 8th graders nationwide and Kentucky shows promise when compared to its peers.

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8:50am

Tue November 1, 2011
Education

Alleged Sexual Assault on Child Unreported

The Bell County school superintendent failed to notify authorities, as required by law, about an alleged sexual assault of a third-grader by a teacher, a federal lawsuit claims. Superintendent George Thompson also helped remove documents that could have been used in a legal case against former teacher Travis Phipps, the lawsuit alleges.

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7:27am

Tue November 1, 2011
Education

Kentucky Increases Alternative School Accountability

The Kentucky Department of Education board passed new regulations that require public school districts to set goals and submit data to the state to improve education opportunities for at-risk students. The programs offer at-risk students remedial education opportunities. KDE will now increase accountability for alternative school programs beginning next school year, said Lisa Gross, KDE spokeswoman.

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3:47pm

Mon October 31, 2011
Education

More Adult Ed Programs Earn Extra Funds

Frankfort - The Council on Postsecondary Education Monday announced that 29 county Kentucky Adult Education programs have earned a total of $343,501 for demonstrating excellent performance in the 2011 fiscal year. This year’s total represents an increase of five programs that demonstrated excellent performance from one year ago.

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10:30am

Mon October 31, 2011
Education

KY Teacher Shares Knowledge in Ghana

Currently, Madison Hohman is working to implement Cooperative Classroom, so organizations in the United States can partner with classrooms in Ghana to provide monetary support and other resources, and children in both countries can learn from one another.
Madison Hohman

For Madison Hohman, the past two months of teaching math at a Christian school in Accra, Ghana have been “an immeasurable blessing.” Hohman, a 2006 graduate of George Rogers Clark High School, wanted to pursue her passions for learning, children and helping others. After graduating from the College of Charleston with degrees in mathematics and chemistry, she decided to head to Africa. “Not much else seemed to make sense but teaching,” Hohman said in a recent email.

1:22pm

Fri October 28, 2011
Education

New Funding for Lindsey Wilson Nursing Program

Department for Local Government (DLG) Commissioner Tony Wilder joined local leaders today to announce an Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant to support the recently expanded Lindsey Wilson College (LWC) Nursing Program.

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10:46am

Fri October 28, 2011
Education

New Diploma Proposed for Disabled Students

A local legislator has filed an education bill aimed to correct what he feels is inequality in the education system. State Sen. Dennis Parrett, D-Elizabethtown, filed legislation that gives students with disabilities the opportunity to receive an alternative high school diploma instead of a certificate of completion they currently receive. The issue came to his attention after learning his own daughter won’t receive a diploma upon her completing high school.

10:51am

Thu October 27, 2011
Education

Wounded State Lawmaker Resigns

Kentucky House Republican Caucus

Whitley County state lawmaker Dwayne Bunch resigned his seat in the state legislature.  The high school teacher suffered a serious head injury last spring while attempting to break up a fight between students.  Dwayne Bunch's wife Regina released a statement Wednesday.  It said, "After much soul searching and prayer, we, as a family, decided it is in the best interest of his constituency if he resigned as state representative. 

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10:22am

Thu October 27, 2011
Education

School Clerk Might Not Qualify for Probation

Lynda Chase, center, with attorneys Michael Eubanks, left and James Baechtold answered questions during a shock probation hearing before Madison Circuit Judge William Clouse in Madison County Circuit Court in Richmond Wednesday.
Pablo Alcala Lexington Herald-Leader

A former Madison Central High School secretary serving a three-year prison sentence for having sex with a student might not be legally eligible for shock probation, Madison Circuit Judge William Clouse told attorneys Wednesday. He said he "came across" a chart that appeared to indicate Lynda Chase might would not qualify under state sentencing and probation guidelines. That development came as a surprise because it had been assumed since Chase's sentencing that she would be eligible for probation after serving a month in prison.

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4:13pm

Wed October 26, 2011
Education

Education Commissioner Creates Student Council

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday is forming an 11-member student council that will provide the education department with feedback on issues affecting students. The Next-Generation Student Council is inviting 10th and 11th grade public school students to apply for membership to the year-long program. Students will meet with Holliday and department staff both in person and digitally from around the commonwealth. They’ll discuss how decisions made at the state level affect the education of the students and how student achievement can be improved.

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4:11pm

Wed October 26, 2011
Education

Lawmaker Wants Diplomas for Disabled Students

 Legislation pre-filed for the 2012 Kentucky General Assembly would allow more special needs students to earn a high school diploma. As the parent of a daughter with a mild mental disability, Sen. Dennis Parrett (D-Elizabethtown) understands the challenges special education students face. At the beginning of the school year, an individual education program is written for each student, which identifies their unique needs and instructional goals. 

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3:36pm

Wed October 26, 2011
Education

College Prep Grants Bring Students to Berea

Both the Jackson Independent Schools and the Breathitt County Schools will be getting grant money through two separate partnership programs sponsored by Berea College. The two schools are among 19 districts in Eastern, Southeastern and Central Kentucky who will be getting the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness (GEAR UP) grants from the U. S. Department of Education, totaling almost $10.7 million each year for the next seven years.

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3:17pm

Wed October 26, 2011
Education

Urban League Prez To Chair KCTCS Regents

He calls it surreal, and a high honor. Long-time Lexington Urban League President P.G. Peeples, reacting to news that he has been elected Chair of the Board of Regents for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. Peeples says he's looking forward to the opportunity.

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3:16pm

Wed October 26, 2011
Education

Too Few Kentuckians Study Abroad

When it comes to sending students abroad, Kentucky lags behind neighboring states. But one group of international educators is working to change that. Kentucky colleges and universities sent just under 3000 students to study abroad during the 2008-2009 school year. Meanwhile, Ohio graduated students with international education experience at a rate five times that. 

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