Education

5:12pm

Mon December 5, 2011
Education

E-K-U's Manchester Campus-Today and Tomorrow

There is room to grow at Eastern Kentucky University’s Manchester campus.  But school administrators in the southeast Kentucky town face questions of when and how to grow.  Director of E-K-U’s Manchester campus, Terry Gray says about 300 students are currently enrolled in classes.  “We could handle in terms of size and classroom seats...we could go from three to 12 hundred. Now to do that, it would be more than just working with our local community. We would have to work with our service region including Clay, Jackson, Bell, Owsley, Harlan, Perry,” said Gray.

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12:23pm

Mon December 5, 2011
Education

$3.7 Billion in Improvements Needed for KY Schools

Lexington Public Media

A new report on the condition of roughly a third of public school buildings in Kentucky estimates that total repair and improvement needs would cost $3.7 billion dollars. Department of Education spokeswoman Lisa Gross says evaluations were conducted at 477 buildings across the state.

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2:30pm

Wed November 30, 2011
Education

Jessamine County's Young Superintendent of the Year

Jessamine County Schools Superintendent Lu Young was named the 2012 Kentucky School Superintendent of the Year on Wednesday by the Kentucky Association of School Administrators. Association Executive Director Wayne Young and other officials surprised Young with the award Wednesday afternoon at the Jessamine County Career and Technology Center. Young, 51, joined the Jessamine County Schools as a teacher in 1983. She became superintendent in 2004, and has been highly regarded among school superintendents statewide.

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2:25pm

Wed November 30, 2011
Education

Superintendent of the Year from Jessamine

Jessamine County Schools Superintendent Lu Young was named the 2012 Kentucky School Superintendent of the Year on Wednesday by the Kentucky Association of School Administrators. Association Executive Director Wayne Young and other officials surprised Young with the award Wednesday afternoon at the Jessamine County Career and Technology Center. Young, 51, joined the Jessamine County Schools as a teacher in 1983. She became superintendent in 2004, and has been highly regarded among school superintendents statewide.

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2:56pm

Mon November 28, 2011
Education

UK to Offer Graduate Music Therapy Program

Lori Gooding worked with spina bifida patient Joshua Divens during a music therapy session at Kentucky Children's Hospital.
Julia Meador UK Public Relations

A clinical music therapist at UK's Chandler Hospital is taking her expertise to the classroom with the launch of a new graduate program. Dr. Lori Gooding uses singing and her guitar to help her patients reduce pain and anxiety.

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11:54am

Sun November 27, 2011
Education

State Test Scores to Look Different Next Year

Educators still have lots of questions about Kentucky’s new testing system, which will be administered for the first time this spring. But one of those may be a little clearer now, after the state sent schools their “simulated” results for the upcoming exam.

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7:54pm

Fri November 25, 2011
Education

State Releases New Guidelines for School Achievement

A 20-page document with guidelines for closing achievement gaps in public schools was released this week by the Kentucky Department of Education. "Guidelines for Closing the Gaps for All Students" was authored by the Commissioner's Raising Achievement/Closing Gaps Council, a group of 28 people representing schools, agencies and communities across the Commonwealth with an interest in equity and diversity issues.

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2:43pm

Wed November 23, 2011
Education

Drunk Driving Arrest Prompts Educator's Resignation

Three days after he was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs and resisting arrest, David Young has resigned as superintendent of Laurel County Schools. At a special called meeting Tuesday morning, the Laurel County Board of Education met in executive session after which it was announced that Young had tendered his resignation. The board named Deputy Superintendent Denise Grieble as the interim superintendent.

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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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