Education

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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12:59pm

Wed October 26, 2011
Education

New App from Deptartment of Education

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.

6:19am

Wed October 26, 2011
Education

UK Trustees Briefed on Campus Improvements

 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.

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11:13am

Tue October 25, 2011
Education

Live from Kuwait: Educator Reaches Out via Skype

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.

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4:05pm

Mon October 24, 2011
Education

UK Trustee Calls For More Transparency

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. 

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4:03pm

Mon October 24, 2011
Education

Lexington to Open First All-Male School

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. 

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10:19am

Mon October 24, 2011
Education

KY Teacher Selected for National Tolerance Project

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.

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9:59am

Mon October 24, 2011
Education

Ronan Tynan Works with UK Students

Acclaimed tenor Ronan Tynan talked to Joanna Schnurrman about her performance of a Puccini aria during a master class at UK.
Rich Copely Lexington Herald-Leader

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.

7:15pm

Sun October 23, 2011
Education

New Rules to Improve KY Alternative Schools

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.

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9:54am

Thu October 20, 2011
Education

Former Cumberland H.S. Building Sold

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.

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5:35am

Thu October 20, 2011
Education

Two Charged in Altercation Near Lex. High School

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."

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5:32am

Thu October 20, 2011
Education

Lex. High School "Persistently Low Achieving"

 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.

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1:20pm

Wed October 19, 2011
Education

WKU’s NOVA Center Microscope One of a Kind

Denise Mitchell of Bowling Green leans in Tuesday for a closer look at the Large Chamber Scanning Electron Microscope at Western Kentucky University�s NOVA Center.
Alex Slitz Bowling Green Daily News

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.

1:13pm

Wed October 19, 2011
Education

Cell Phones May Be Banned for Frankfort Teachers

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.

11:20am

Wed October 19, 2011
Education

Lexington Students Learn Importance of Wood

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.

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11:10am

Wed October 19, 2011
Education

Education Officials Name 2012 Teachers of the Year

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.

1:10pm

Tue October 18, 2011
Education

Student Photos Capture Life in East Kentucky

For four days last week, the pictures taken by photojournalism students in Breathitt County told a thousand stories. They told stories of everyday life and enduring love. Stories of strength, stress and strife, and other faces of the human condition. And behind their digital camera lenses, the students came away with a genuine appreciation of the subjects they pictured.

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10:05am

Fri October 14, 2011
Education

Rocking Out on Interstate 64

An engineer at the University of Kentucky has dusted off an old idea two of his former colleagues had and turned it into a modern geological map going from Winchester to Ashland on Interstate 64. The map identifies natural or artificial rock formations on the side of the interstate at different points. It is part of a series aimed to give people a better historical context about the surroundings of their roadways and to make geology more accessible.

8:03am

Fri October 14, 2011
Education

UL President Gets Contract Extension

The University of Louisville Board of Trustees continues to be impressed by President James Ramsey as a contract extension through 2020 was approved Thursday. It’s no surprise the board wants to keep Ramsey whose contract is scheduled to expire next summer. Earlier this year the panel praised him for meeting all the university’s goals and for increasing the foundation’s campaign goal to $1 billion.

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4:47pm

Thu October 13, 2011
Education

UK President Says Schools Must Modernize

The president of the University of Kentucky says the state’s economy and the proposed super-region between Louisville and Lexington relies in part on upgrades to public universities.The super-region would be based around manufacturing, most of it for the automotive industry. Capilouto says research at the universities will play a role, and that, in turn, will require more modern facilities.

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10:11am

Wed October 12, 2011
Education

Seat Belt Safety Emphasized for Middle School Students

The information Steven Bowen, program director for the Office of Highway Safety, shared with Mason County Middle School students about car accidents and seat belt safety was invaluable. However, his message was really driven home when he switched on a machine that simulated a roll-over accident with four dummies inside, two adult-sized dummies and two-child sized dummies. Those wearing seat belts stayed in the vehicle while the two unrestrained dummies were ejected - a scenario that made quite an impact with some students.

8:24am

Mon October 10, 2011
Education

Language Requirement Delayed

Program reviews were created and implemented this year and will be used the following year to assess how certain subjects and content are being taught throughout Kentucky. But lawmakers say foreign language shouldn’t be considered among core content and some superintendents say it’ll be difficult to implement language programs at a time with so many changing assessments. The board says learning another language will be important in the near future and starting early is best.

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10:27am

Fri October 7, 2011
Education

Former School Treasurer Charged With Theft

The former treasurer of Beechwood High School Athletic Boosters was indicted Thursday in Kenton County on a charge she stole from the nonprofit group. Shelli Slusher, 44, is charged with theft by deception of more than $10,000, a felony punishable by five years to 10 years in prison. Court records didn't indicate how much money is unaccounted for but the alleged theft occurred from January 2005 to June 2010.

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