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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
That ringing iPhone can now notify Kentucky parents of a changing grade in science class or an absence excuse note that never made it into the teacher’s hands. Detailed information about public school kids’ grades, attendance and homework assignments is now available instantly from any iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch with a free app provided by the state Department of Education. The information that’s available isn’t new – it’s just taking a new form.
University of Kentucky president Eli Capilouto is moving forward with plans to renovate and build new facilities on campus. A framework for the multi-year project already exists. UK trustees were surprised Tuesday by the pace of progress. The plan presented by President Capilouto proposes, among other things, the construction of a $30-million dollar residence hall to open in 2013, a plan to solicit ideas from private developers, and the installation of up to 9000 new residence hall beds.
Even miles away from home, teacher Andrea Meyer still is a presence in her Elizabethtown classroom. Lt. Col. Meyer of the U.S. Army Reserve, a special education teacher at Lincoln Trail Elementary School, has been deployed to Kuwait for 400 days, but still is keeping tabs on her students by Skype, an online video call service, like she did on Monday. Her school, in return, will be working on a service project for the entirety of her deployment.
A new addition to the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees is calling for greater transparency from the school's administration. Irina Voro is accusing UK officials of stonewalling her request for data.
The success of a weekend volunteer program geared toward closing achievement gaps among African American male students has sparked the creation of a new school in Fayette County. The Carter G. Woodson Academy will open next year as the first all-male school within FCPS, using the Black Males Working Academy as its model.
A Louisville teacher has been selected to participate in a program that helps teach students to be tolerant. Kathleen Crawford is a teacher at Louisville Collegiate School and one of 22 board members selected out of 500 applicants to advise the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Teaching Tolerance” project.
Jermaine Brown Jr. finishes his rendition of Felix Mendelssohn's Then Shall the Righteous Shine Forth at the University of Kentucky's Schmidt Vocal Arts Center. The teacher jumps up, clapping. "That was wonderful — you get the job," he exclaims. It's powerful praise considering the teacher is Irish tenor Ronan Tynan, famous for appearances on PBS and at Yankee Stadium, concert halls around the world and occasions such as President Ronald Reagan's funeral. For two weeks this fall and each fall and spring for the next three years, Tynan will be at UK working with students as the Alltech Visiting Artist in Residence.
Kentucky’s alternative schools and programs could become more consistent – and easier for state education officials to track – when a new regulation takes effect next year. The latest rules set minimum requirements for programs that typically target at-risk kids, stipulating that they meet or exceed the offerings found in traditional classrooms. They also standardize accounting procedures and student data collection statewide, processes that vary from district to district now.
Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College has offered $200,000 to the Harlan County school district for the property and building that in the past was the home of Cumberland High School. The county school board has accepted the bid, and the deal is currently awaiting final approval from the Kentucky Department of Education.
Lexington Police have arrested two teenagers in connection with shots being fired and a stabbing near Tates Creek High School Wednesday. Lt. James Curless says a fight at Gainesway Park escalated around 8 am. "There was a total of six people involved in this altercation and disorder. Certain people did certain things and suffered the criminal charges for their actions. Some were students, some were not."
A Fayette County high school is one of 19 schools across the state that are now considered "persistently low-achieving." Bryan Station High School made the list that was released Wednesday after several years of not meeting benchmarks in math and reading based on No Child Left Behind. "What will happen is the state Department of Education will send a team that will do a leadership audit of the school and will work with the staff at our office to determine recommendations of where we might go from here," says Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Tom Shelton.
Western Kentucky University officially opened its NOVA Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday. The Nondestructive Analysis Center aims to provide research and testing services using the newly acquired Large Chamber Scanning Electron Microscope. WKU is the only university in North America to have such technology, and the only other place in the United States with equipment to rival it is Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma.
Frankfort Independent teachers and staff won’t be allowed to make personal phone calls or text messages during class time, if a new policy is approved next month. Board of Education members gave first reading to the policy Tuesday, which says employees must save calls and text messages for their planning periods, lunch breaks or before or after school.
The weather was not the best to be outdoors last Thursday, but to the students who came to the University of Kentucky Wood Utilization Center in Quicksand for their annual “Win With Wood” day, none of that mattered at all.
Educators from the Corbin Independent, Jefferson County and Boone County public school districts are Kentucky's teachers of the year for 2012. The winners were announced Tuesday in Frankfort by the Kentucky Department of Education and Ashland Inc., which co-sponsor the awards.