Education

12:28pm

Tue August 9, 2011
Education

Increasing School Readiness in KY

Gov. Steve Beshear Tuesday announced $952,500 in funding for 39 Community Early Childhood Councils across Kentucky to promote school readiness for children.  “These funds will provide critical support to our local communities,” Gov. Steve Beshear said in a press release. “We owe our children – every one of them in our inner cities to our suburbs to our farms and our mountain communities – the opportunity for a promising life. This investment is the best way to promote family and community support around early childhood.”

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6:43am

Tue August 9, 2011
Education

Jeff Co. School Supt. Outlines Plan

Jefferson County Public School Superintendent Donna Hargens announced a 90-day plan at her first school board meeting on Monday. The plan outlines her strategic priorities and includes performance checks and both short and long-term goals.

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6:38am

Tue August 9, 2011
Education

Guard members Get Job Search Training

Among Kentucky's National Guardsmen, the unemployment rate for those not on active duty is around 14-25 percent, significantly higher than the state and national average. That worries Lt. Col. John Bates, who commands the 2/138th Field Artillery unit in Lexington. Bates says Guardsmen need civilian jobs to ensure stable communities.

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10:06am

Mon August 8, 2011
Education

Effort Seeks Aid to Student Athletes

A new Franklin County non-profit that helps students with the cost of playing on public school sports teams wants to be a model for other communities.

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9:55am

Mon August 8, 2011
Education

Fed Cuts Hurt Reading Program

The PTA at Lexington's Liberty Elementary School plans to pony up roughly $4,000 this school year to keep Liberty's Reading Is Fundamental program in operation despite federal funding cutbacks.

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7:57am

Mon August 8, 2011
Education

Hearing Set in Voucher Suit

A judge in Indianapolis is scheduled to hear arguments this week in a lawsuit challenging the state’s school voucher program, created this year by the General Assembly. The program allows parents who meet income guidelines to use tax money to send their children to private schools, including those with religious affiliations.Opponents of the program include the Indiana State Teachers Association.

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1:50pm

Fri August 5, 2011
Education

Free School Supplies for Lexington Kids

Kids across Lexington will be receiving school supplies free courtesy of the YMCA this Saturday.  The supplies, including backpacks, will be given away to up to 8000 kids in 20 local neighborhoods as part of the YMCA's Ready, Set, Go! Back-to-School Rallies. The events, which cater to elementary, middle, and high school students, will also feature activities, resource booths, entertainment, food, and speakers.

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10:03am

Fri August 5, 2011
Education

Twelve KY Colleges Among Nation's Top 650

A dozen Kentucky colleges and universities have made Forbes magazine's annual "America's Best Colleges" list. The Kentucky colleges are among those Forbes considers among the top 10 percent in the nation.

11:01am

Thu August 4, 2011
Education

Ipads Approved for School Use in Hancock

The Hancock County Board of Education approved a 3- year, $265,000 lease for 500 iPads for all the teachers and students at Hancock County High School. The money for the devices comes out of the school district’s General Fund. “We will be the first high school in the state to give iPads to every student and every teacher,” Hancock County Board of Education Superintendent Scott Lewis said. “My vision is that eventually kids can walk around the high school with iPads and no books.”

10:19am

Thu August 4, 2011
Education

Students Receive Overdue Recognition

It was, as the chairman of the state board of education called it, "a small opportunity to correct a large wrong." During a Wednesday afternoon ceremony, the Kentucky School for the Deaf presented diplomas to a handful of blacks who had left the institution decades ago without receiving the official recognition of their completion of courses.

2:20pm

Wed August 3, 2011
Education

Years Later, Black Kentuckians Get Diplomas

While many schools are focused on the start of another academic year, the Kentucky School for the Deaf is honoring students who should have graduated several decades ago. Aaron Adams, Jr. Henrietta Burnette, Bobby Lee Oliver. Those were some of the names read at a graduation ceremony Wednesday afternoon at the Kentucky School for the Deaf in Danville.

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1:07pm

Wed August 3, 2011
Education

Lincoln Schools Delay Opening Due to Mold

While at first it appeared construction projects might delay the opening of schools in Lincoln County, the real culprit turned out to be heating and air conditioning systems and a critical mold issue. As a result, Lincoln County schools will open a week later than scheduled.

1:40pm

Tue August 2, 2011
Education

WKU Impacts Bowling Green at $672 Million

Western Kentucky University has an annual economic impact of $672 million on the community, according to a new study by WKU’s Center for Applied Economics. The money that WKU spends for supplies and other items in the community and for the salaries of faculty and staff amounts to about $385 million a year. But the standard multiplier effect of 1.75 puts that annual impact at $672 million - or roughly 26 percent of the money spent in Warren County - the study said. WKU salaries account for about $252 million, or 10 percent, of all income earned in the county.

1:35pm

Tue August 2, 2011
Education

Low Graduation Rates Explained

Kentucky has changed the formula it uses to calculate graduation rates, and it has caused local numbers to drop – and in one case, nosedive. The Kentucky Department of Education today released the data for the graduating class of 2010, as required by the federal No Child Left Behind program. To meet their federal goals, schools and districts will be required to have a graduation rate of 82.32 percent or close the gap between the previous year’s rate by at least 10 percent. Statewide, the 2010 graduation rate is 76.7 percent. In 2009 under the old formula, the state reported a rate of 83.9 percent.

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10:28am

Tue August 2, 2011
Education

Despite Heat, Summer's Over

Pre-school sweethearts Charlotte Saunderson and Ben Peach continued last year's tradition of holding hands as they walked through the halls to class after breakfast on Monday, their first day back at Second Street School in Frankfort.
Charles Bertram Lexington Herald-Leader

Amid blistering midsummer heat, summer vacation is ending as schools reopen this week in Frankfort and other Kentucky communities. Frankfort Independent Schools and Breathitt County Schools opened Monday for the 2011-12 school year. Most other districts open later this week or next, including Fayette County on Aug. 11.

10:09pm

Mon August 1, 2011
Education

New School Lexington's Greenest

 With not one, but two water collection systems, sloped-ceiling classroom designs to incorporate both solar and natural lighting, an outdoor classroom and garden space, Wellington Elementary Principal Meribeth Gaines says the five hundred or so students that will soon call this place home, will be surrounded with daily lessons on sustainability.It's being billed as Fayette County's most energy efficient and sustainable elementary school building, and on Monday, administrators, teachers, and volunteers took time out to show off the new Wellington Elementary School.

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7:54am

Mon August 1, 2011
Education

Classroom Technology Goes Wireless

Paper and pencils appear on every back-to-school shopping list this fall, but students and teachers may watch their classrooms go digital in the coming years.

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6:59am

Mon August 1, 2011
Education

Kentuckians Prepare for Japanese Teaching

The March earthquake and tsunami in Japan devastated parts of that country and shook the economy around the world. It did not, however, shake the resolve of several Kentuckians who are headed to Japan this weekend to start new jobs. The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program hires English-speaking college graduates to teach in Japanese public schools. Adrienne Ledbetter is from Bowling Green and is headed to a city near Mt. Fuji that recently faced a food crisis after authorities found radiation-tainted beef.

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12:50pm

Fri July 29, 2011
Education

Supercomputer's Intelligence Doubled

The University of Louisville has doubled the power of its supercomputer. When it was installed in 2009, the Cardinal Research Cluster was 21 teraflops, meaning it could do 21 trillion calculations per second. Most home computers aren’t measured in flops, but rarely exceed a ten thousandth of that power. Now the cluster is 42 teraflops. It’s used for cancer research and the new capacity will be used for pediatric cancer and environmental research.

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12:27pm

Fri July 29, 2011
Education

Owensboro Students get Laptops

Starting in late August, all students in grades 5-12 in the Owensboro school system will get laptop computers. The school system purchased 2,200 of the Apple Macbook Air laptops. Each cost about $1,000, according to a published report in the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer.

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3:44pm

Thu July 28, 2011
Education

Funds for Reforming Basic Education

FRANKFORT — Gov. Steve Beshear Thursday announced Kentucky has been awarded $1 million to fuel policy innovations and reforms aimed at significantly transforming remedial education. The grant is provided by Complete College America as part of its national Completion Innovation Challenge grant competition. Kentucky will use its grant funds to enhance developmental education opportunities for adults who enroll in the Learn on Demand online program offered through the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS).

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10:11am

Tue July 26, 2011
Education

Murray Schools to be Tobacco-Free

Murray Independent Schools will be completely tobacco-free following a decision by board members at during a special-called session. The new policy bans all tobacco use on school grounds beginning Jan. 1.

10:05am

Tue July 26, 2011
Education

EKU and Somerset Rank as Top Workplaces

Eastern Kentucky University and Somerset Community College have made the Chronicle of Higher Education's annual list of great places to work in academia. The list was compiled by anonymous surveys of workers at 310 institutions and included evaluations of features including leadership, careers and compensation. The Chronicle survey identified 111 colleges and universities across the country as superior workplaces. While EKU and Somerset were the only Kentucky schools to make that list, Hazard Community College, Murray State University and Transylvania University were recognized in individual categories.

9:44am

Mon July 25, 2011
Education

KSU President gets Glowing Review, Raise

Kentucky State University President Mary Sias got a glowing annual review and a raise at Friday’s meeting of the Board of Regents. Chairwoman Laura Douglas said the regents were impressed in particular with Sias’ participation on national boards and committees, her handling of the budget and students’ academic achievements.

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2:23pm

Fri July 22, 2011
Education

AdvanceKentucky Focuses on AP Students

With the students in the U.S. falling behind in math and science, teachers are hoping to learn new ways to rekindle interest in the subjects, and nearly 1000 teachers have gathered in Lexington over the past few weeks to do just that.  The National Assessment of Educational Programs recently found only 33 percent of eighth graders are proficient or advanced in math. Likewise, math and science teachers are becoming harder and harder to come by. For the past couple weeks, a program called Laying the Foundation has been training teachers, mostly from Kentucky, to better prepare students for the rigors of Advanced Placement courses.

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10:06am

Thu July 21, 2011
Education

New Tests Introduced to High Schools

This coming school year, for the first time, the Kentucky Department of Education will require public high school students to take end-of-course tests in certain basic courses, measuring what they've learned. The tests will be required for students taking English II, Algebra II, biology and U.S. history. The national ACT testing organization will provide the exams. Test scores will be figured into Kentucky's accountability system, which measures schools' progress in moving students toward proficiency.

3:45pm

Wed July 20, 2011
Education

Centre Eyes Stockyards for Athletic Fields

The concrete stairs and weighing station are all that remain in one area of the Boyle County Stockyards. Farmers Tobacco Warehouse is in the background.
Clay Jackson The Advocate-Messenger

As area building projects have ground to a halt over the last few years, Danville's Centre College has only seemed to pick up the pace of property acquisition and new development. Most recently, the college purchased the Hope Street properties long occupied by Boyle County Stockyards, which has already been razed, and Farmers Tobacco Warehouse Number 1, still in the demolition process.

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3:06pm

Wed July 20, 2011
Education

Innovation Park Construction Begins at UofL

Mayor Greg Fischer and University of Louisville President James Ramsey celebrated on Wednesday the beginning of construction for a new building in the Nucleus Innovation Park. “We’ve got a new research park here. It’s going to be a hot spot of collaboration and innovation and of course a spot where many, many jobs are going to be created,” said Fischer.

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1:32pm

Wed July 20, 2011
Education

Student Volunteers in Africa

Josette Taylor of Springfield worked with children in Africa as she spent a month there this summer.
Springfield Sun

Josette Taylor learned a lot in her first year at the University of Louisville, but it doesn’t begin to compare with what she learned during her summer break. Taylor, a 2010 graduate of Washington County High School, traveled this summer with International Student Volunteers and spent a month in South Africa.

10:05am

Wed July 20, 2011
Education

Default Rate on Student Loans Down

The data on default rates of student loans doesn't look favorable for Maysville Community and Technical College. But Dr. Ed Story, president of MCTC cautions the data isn't official yet and Kentucky Community and Technical College staff are working with the U.S. Department of Education to verify the official default rate for MCTC. "Even if it's close to that, we're not very happy with it," said Story of a recent news article that indicates MCTC has a 29 percent three-year default rate on student loans.

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