Education

10:45am

Fri August 12, 2011
Education

Lex. Pastor's Education Views Questioned

The pastor of a Lexington church raised some eyebrows while pleasing others as he spoke this week to a teacher appreciation breakfast in Hopkinsville. While some lauded the Rev. Dr. C.B. Akins’ speech for its pertinence, others thought the oration was demeaning and uncouth to its target audience of teachers. “I think you are always going to get a mixed reaction when dealing with reality and dealing with facts,” Akins said in a telephone interview Thursday. “You don’t expect everybody to be for change except a wet baby.”

8:44am

Fri August 12, 2011
Education

Calipari Touts Financial Literacy

University of Kentucky men's basketball coach John Calipari is championing a new cause in Kentucky: financial literacy education. The program being launched by the Calipari Family Foundation for Children, tech company EverFi, Inc., and area banks is called "Vault." The online interactive program aims to educate elementary school students on a particularly timely issue: how to handle money.

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5:38pm

Thu August 11, 2011
Education

School on the Farm

Principal Joe Norman in a brand new lab setting at Locust Trace farm
Stu Johnson Weku

More than 200 Fayette County students had the opportunity on their first day of school to get a ‘little closer to nature.’

Plant and land science, environmental bio-technology, and agriculture power systems are all areas of study at the new Locust Trace Agri-Science Farm.  The educational complex off Leestown road also includes a heavy emphasis in solar power.  In fact,  principal  Joe Norman says the solar paneled structures could help to power area homes

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10:40am

Thu August 11, 2011
Education

School Opening Delayed Again in Whitley Co.

Air conditioning problems at Whitley County High School have forced the Whitley County School System to delay the start of the school year until Monday, Aug. 15. Classes were to have begun today.

6:12pm

Wed August 10, 2011
Education

Back to Class in Fayette

It’s ‘back to school’ time in Fayette County Thursday and the students numbers continue to rise.

New school construction and renovation are a part of the fabric of the Fayette County School System.  Acting school superintendent, Mary Wright says projections show an additional 800 students coming into the Lexington district this year.  She says the district has been growing by about 600 students in each of the last few years.  Wright says some renovation work continues

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1:41pm

Wed August 10, 2011
Education

Fired Professor Plans to Sue KSU

Harold Benson

 Saying there’s “too much water under the bridge to return” to Kentucky State University, fired agriculture professor Harold Benson plans to sue his former employer, his attorney says. Brenda Allen told The State Journal Tuesday that her client was unable to reach a settlement with KSU, and she’s preparing to file suit on his behalf. Allen says she is awaiting documents she requested from KSU  under the Kentucky Open Records Act, and will likely file the suit in early September. She argues that her client was tenured faculty and couldn’t legally be terminated.

9:36am

Wed August 10, 2011
Education

New Learning Academy Debuts in Mason Co.

When school bells ring Thursday in Mason County, a new learning academy will debut at the high school. The Mason County Learning Academy concept was approved and funded by the Mason County Board of Education to help struggling students experience a new way of learning and provide an avenue of hope toward graduation. With a dedicated faculty, a revamped building, new computers and flexible hours, the district's investment of $150,000 plus is focused on helping students who are on the verge of failing, thus becoming a drop-out statistic.

1:19pm

Tue August 9, 2011
Education

Former Teacher Works for Nondiscrimination

A former Warren County Public Schools teacher urged the Warren County Board of Education on Monday to officially prohibit discrimination of district employees based on sexual orientation. Jennifer Gonzalez, who taught at Moss Middle School from 2002-05, appeared at Monday’s meeting to request the change to the county’s employee nondiscrimination policy.

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.

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