Education

2:10pm

Tue July 19, 2011
Education

Ideas, Not Money, Keeps Kids in Class

Over 300 participants gathered at EKU for the "Alternative Strategies for Educating Students at Risk" Conference.
Charles Compton WEKU News

More money is needed, but, Kentucky’s First Lady says at-risk students also need creativity.  Jane Beshear, who was in Richmond today for a conference on at-risk students, says teachers need to think outside the box. Beshear called on educators to be more creative. 

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9:40am

Mon July 18, 2011
Education

UK Spends $285,000 to Set Goals

Eli Capilouto shown in a Herald-Leader interview at the UK HealthCare retreat at Keeneland race track on Monday, June 13 in Lexington.
David Perry Lexington Herald-Leader

With a new president at the helm, the University of Kentucky will pay a Chicago-based consulting firm $285,000 to re-examine the school's long-term goals — set during rosier financial times — and suggest efficiencies. Results from the study conducted by Huron Consulting Group will be considered during a UK Board of Trustees retreat with new president Eli Capilouto in October.

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9:53am

Fri July 15, 2011
Education

$143,828 Spent on UK President's Office

Some University of Kentucky professors are questioning whether former President Lee T. Todd Jr. needs a campus office that will cost as much as the median price of a house sold in Central Kentucky. Renovations for Todd's office in UK's Advanced Science and Technology Commercialization Center Building will cost $143,828. The median sale price for a house in Central Kentucky was $145,000 in June.

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9:14am

Fri July 15, 2011
Education

Academy for Troubled Kids set in Harlan

The Appalachian Youth Challenge Academy will open in July 2012 in Harlan at a former elementary school. The program will take volunteers between 16 and 18 years of age. Youth Challenge targets at-risk teens and teaches them life skills and physical fitness - all in a 22-week program in a military-like atmosphere.

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8:35am

Thu July 14, 2011
Education

UofL President Recommended for Raise

The University of Louisville Board of Trustees has recommended a raise and bonus for President James Ramsey. For the past three years Ramsey has declined his bonus because the university was unable to provide staff with raises. This year, faculty and administrators will receive raises between zero and five percent based on merit.

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6:30am

Wed July 13, 2011
Education

Peer Pressure Powers Juvenile Cybercrime

Like most juvenile crimes, cybercrimes are often the result of peer pressure.  An article in this week’s American Journal of Criminal Justice concludes kids who commit cybercrimes usually have friends who also commit cybercrimes.  Researchers surveyed 435 students in a suburban Kentucky school district. Helping with the study was Doctor David May, a professor of Criminal Justice at Eastern Kentucky University.  May, who spoke with WEKU’s Charles Compton, says they studied four forms of internet crime.

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3:57pm

Tue July 12, 2011
Education

Early Childhood Race to the Top

A newly formed Early Childhood Advisory Council will help Kentucky create policies, standards, and goals which should improve the education given pre school children.

26 people have been named to a state council charged with seeking ways to improve early childhood education.  They were named today (Tuesday) in an executive order issued by Kentucky's governor.  Former C-E-O of United Way of Kentucky Terry Sims Tolan will direct the brand new Early Childhood Advisory Council.  Tolan says consistency of care is the highest priority.

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2:58pm

Tue July 12, 2011
Education

Kentucky Resumes "Race to the Top"

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has taken steps to apply for federal education grants from the Race to the Top program. The commonwealth is eligible for a portion of the $500 million that will be made available later this year. Like the previous round of Race to the Top grants, states must put together lengthy applications for the money.

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1:41pm

Mon July 11, 2011
Education

UK, Army Engineers Team Up

The Kentucky Transportation Center and the Army Corps of Engineers are joining forces to make sure Kentucky's waterways are being used to their full potential. While the collaboration isn't unique, it does represent a new approach to tackling old problems. Long before highways, Kentucky's rivers served as vital means of transportation. Today, Joe Crabtree, director of the Kentucky Transportation Center, says, when it comes to shipping freight, water still has its advantages. 

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10:02am

Mon July 11, 2011
Education

Kentucky School Rank Improves

Kentucky's national education ranking has risen more dramatically than virtually any other state since 1990. That's according to the Index of Educational Progress prepared by researchers at University of Kentucky. The index combines multiple educational attainment and achievement factors. Kentucky climbed from 48th in 1990 to 33rd in 2009. Only one other state (North Carolina) advanced out of the bottom 10 with double-digit gains.

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5:07pm

Fri July 8, 2011
Education

A Shuttle Day at UK

UK senior Jason Rexroat with an explanation of the mission control simulator at the Lexington school.
Stu Johnson WEKU

On a day that marks the end of an era for the U-S Space program, students, staff, and interested onlookers at the University of Kentucky gathered to watch the launch.   They were in a room designed to give them a feel for what’s happening at NASA. Just minutes before the final launch of the space shuttle in Florida, everyone jammed inside a simulator modeled after mission control in Houston. Senior Jason Rexroat offered some insight to prospective students, while other eyes focused on the simulator's television monitors and live coverage of a real space flight

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6:24am

Fri July 8, 2011
Education

New JCPS Supt. in Town

The new superintendent of Jefferson County Public Schools is in Louisville for the first time since she was hired for the post last month.

Dr. Donna Hargens will be in town through Tuesday.

She’s meeting with school board members and district officials, including interim Superintendent Dr. Freda Merriweather. She also made a stop at Churchill Park School.

Hargens will take over as superintendent on August 1st.

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3:51pm

Tue July 5, 2011
Education

New UK Head Meets Rank and File

The new leader of the state's flagship university says he wants to meet with as many people, in as many departments, as quickly as possible. As Alan Lytle reports, the school's administration is doing its best to make that happen. New University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto continues to make the rounds getting to know the school's students, faculty, and staff.

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1:47pm

Tue July 5, 2011
Education

EKU's Odds for Presidential Debate Improves

Several federal and state elected officials have joined together to support Eastern Kentucky University’s bid to host a debate during next year’s presidential campaign. A package sent by university officials to the Commission on Presidential Debates includes strong letters of support from Democratic and Republican leaders, namely U.S. Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, state Sen. President David Williams and state House Speaker Greg Stumbo.

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10:11am

Tue July 5, 2011
Education

Transy Professor Receives Grant for Research

Christopher Begley, left, is an associate professor of anthropology at Transylvania University. He and Eli Crane, an engineer, examined petroglyphs in Honduras, including those on the rock above.
Lexington Herald-Leader

A Lexington archaeologist has received a grant from the National Geographic Society to advance his search for a "lost city" in Honduras. Christopher Begley, an associate professor of anthropology at Transylvania University and director of the Exploration Foundation, will use the research grant and 3-D technology to examine ancient artifacts in the Honduran rainforest, near the Mosquito Coast. The area is the rumored location of a lost city from ancient times.

5:04am

Tue July 5, 2011
Education

Schools Explain New Testing

Frankfort area school officials may host forums this fall to explain the state’s new testing system to the public. Members of the Franklin County and Frankfort Independent school boards discussed that possibility Friday during a joint meeting to discuss possible collaboration and attend training on the new system.

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3:34pm

Sun July 3, 2011
Education

Lee Todd on Academics and Athletics

Lee Todd at his desk after turning off his computer for the last time as president
Stu Johnson

A new era begins this week at the University of Kentucky.  President Lee Todd, who served as UK president for a decade, has cleaned out his office and went into retirement.

Lee Todd brought his engineering background to the office of president at UK.  Throughout his tenure Todd urged college researchers to branch out into the private sector and involve themselves in start-up firms.  Todd also argued a key ingredient to such economic growth is graduating students with more proficiency in math and science.  Todd says progress depends on training better math and science teachers who have with better classroom skills.

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5:41am

Fri July 1, 2011
Education

Beshear "Greatest Education Governor"

The National Education Association honored Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear on Thursday with this year’s America’s Greatest Education Governor Award. The annual award is given to governors who have made statewide efforts to improve public education and leaving education out of budget cuts.

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1:37pm

Wed June 29, 2011
Education

Working to Improve Educational Standards

A group of nearly 50 from educational associations, school districts and legislators both state and federal met Monday at Shelbyville's Collins High School to begin the discussion of the relationship of the future of education in Kentucky with federal standards. The Kentucky Leads The Nation group, started by the Shelbyville-based Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative, is trying to get out in front of the reform and reauthorization of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind.

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10:14am

Wed June 29, 2011
Education

Former UK President Becomes Professor

When he steps down from his post Thursday, University of Kentucky President Lee T. Todd Jr. will join UK's engineering faculty as a tenured professor with a salary of about $162,000 a year. But first, Todd will take a yearlong unpaid leave of absence. Instead of a salary, he will receive the retention bonus guaranteed in his contract for staying 10 years. It's worth $511,000, his base salary during his last year of work.

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12:49pm

Sun June 26, 2011
Education

Educators Support State Guidelines

For the past decade, local schools have been judged based on federal requirements that some say are unfair and ineffective. Now, Gov. Steve Beshear has requested a waiver from those requirements under No Child Left Behind. His proposal would allow Kentucky schools to be tested under the state’s new system instead of the current federal system. It’s a move that local educators applaud.

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12:37pm

Sun June 26, 2011
Education

Exit Interview for UK's Todd

Lee T. Todd Jr. steps down next week after a decade as president of the University of Kentucky — a decade of big ambitions, tough challenges, notable accomplishments, a few controversies and much left unfinished.
The Hopkins County native had been a UK engineering professor, then he spent 17 years as a technology entrepreneur. After selling a couple of companies he had started, Todd returned in July 2001 to become UK's 11th president.

 

10:28am

Wed June 22, 2011
Education

Tuition Up at Community Colleges

Kentucky community colleges are looking for a tuition increase to offset a portion of a budget gap. Tuition rates for new students to Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, for example, will increase to $135 per credit hour from $130. The Board of Regents for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System approved the rate increases for the colleges as part of the 2011-12 budget last week.

1:46pm

Tue June 21, 2011
Education

Gatton Academy Ranked in Top Five US High Schools

This is no ordinary high school. The academy on Western Kentucky University’s campus might resemble a typical small school - students are constantly entering and exiting the tall white building, toting backpacks or chatting with friends. But the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science is an above-average school for exceptional students, and now it’s been named the fifth best high school in the nation.

1:39pm

Tue June 21, 2011
Education

NAACP Investigates Hiring Practices in Schools

The head of the Danville-Boyle County chapter of the NAACP says the group will investigate minority hiring practices in the Mercer County school district. In a letter sent last week to Mercer County Elementary School Principal Jennifer Meadows, the school board and interim superintendent Dennis Davis, Danville-Boyle County NAACP President Norman Bartleson said parents and residents had contacted him with concerns about the lack of diversity among the district’s faculty.

2:18pm

Mon June 20, 2011
Education

Standards Turn Students into Good Workers

Throughout the state, educators are pushed to better prepare students for college. They’re beefing up curriculum, partnering with universities, bringing in specialists and urging students to take advanced classes. But there’s another side to life after high school: the workforce. New education standards also call for educators to prepare students for careers, making them good employees as well as successful college students.

2:14pm

Mon June 20, 2011
Education

Flexibility for "No Child Left Behind" Sought

FRANKFORT – Calling state authority and autonomy critical components of education improvement, Gov. Steve Beshear and Education Commissioner Terry Holliday Monday called on the U.S. Department of Education for flexibility in public school accountability under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Beshear sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan asking to replace the public school accountability portions of the federal law with Kentucky’s own model. Kentucky is the first state to request the change.

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6:31am

Mon June 20, 2011
Education

Student-Gunman at KSU Pleads Mentally Ill

A former Kentucky State University student who pulled a handgun in a crowded KSU student center has pleaded guilty but mentally ill to several charges and released to his mother’s custody. Christopher Sims, 25, pleaded guilty but mentally ill Friday before Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate to unlawful possession of a weapon on school property among several other charges stemming from the incident. Sims threatened to kill everyone in KSU’s student center cafeteria March 2, 2010, but his 9mm Hi-Point handgun jammed, according to court records of the incident. He ran to a bathroom, cleared the jam and ran to a nearby computer lab.

7:54am

Fri June 17, 2011
Education

Camp Encourages Childhood Creativity

Emily Greenwell leapt around the colorful carpet as if she was riding a ferocious tiger. Although there was nothing except air beneath her legs, the 10-year-old's imagination revealed another story to all those who were watching. "I like to sing, do plays, dance and all the theatrical stuff," Greenwell said. "My mom says I'm a drama queen."

1:35pm

Wed June 15, 2011
Education

Students on 7200 Mile Storm Chase

BOWLING GREEN – During the May 2011 summer term, Dr. Josh Durkee, Dr. Grady Dixon and eight meteorology students from Western Kentucky University traveled more than 7,200 miles across 12 states for another season of forecasting and verifying severe weather across the Great Plains. As with the previous year, the group was quite successful in its mission.

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