Education

4:45pm

Mon January 13, 2014
Education

Student Teacher Trials Underway At EKU

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Before you can ‘hit the ground running’, you’ve got to get the boots on properly.  Some 184 students at Eastern Kentucky University are going through ‘boot camp’ this week.  They all begin their student teaching assignments Thursday.  Doctor Peggy Petrilli heads up the Professional Lab Experience Office at Eastern.

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4:33pm

Wed January 8, 2014
Education

Four Year Colleges Hope To Again Live Up To The Name

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Education Advocates are asking Kentucky college students to work harder and graduate within four years.  It's a tradition few students now follow.
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3:33pm

Tue December 31, 2013
Education

Bluegrass Consortium Stresses College Readiness

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Central Kentucky educators from kindergarten through college will continue to push for career readiness initiatives in the New Year. There are 12 college and university presidents as well as school superintendents from 18 counties who are a part of the Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium.

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4:01pm

Thu December 12, 2013
Education

Great Differences in Local Support for Schools

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A non-partisan economic policy group has released a report showing large gaps in per-student funding among school districts that approved tax increases this year. A majority of Kentucky school boards approved the maximum 4 percent property tax increase to help fund public schools. 

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4:47pm

Tue November 26, 2013
Education

Taking Up A Trade Helps Some Ex-Cons Go Straight

Anthony Hayden, owner of the Lexington Academy of Barbering.
Credit Tessa Lighty / Lexington Herald Leader

Making the move from incarceration into a productive life can be helped with career training.  During a visit today to the Lexington Academy of Barbering,  Mayor Jim Gray met with ex-cons who are trying to learn a trade.  The academy is directed by Anthony Hayden.

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4:02pm

Mon November 25, 2013
Education

Water Towers Get New Paint, While EKU Gets New Image

Richmond Mayor Jim Barnes (left) and EKU President Michael Benson (right) showing the new paint scheme for four city owned water towers.

Four water towers in Richmond should deliver a new and consistent message about Eastern Kentucky University.   Over the next several months, the city-owned towers will be repainted with new logos.  Some will underscore the partnership between EKU and the city.  University President Michael Benson and Mayor Jim Barnes made the announcement this morning.

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3:50pm

Thu November 21, 2013
Education

Kentucky Educators Renew Push for Pre-Recession State Funding

Education Commissioner Terry Holliday.

Advocates for public education raised their collective voices today in Lexington.  They’ve been ask to lobby their state legislators for more money.  Participants at the Education Summit heard from Lexington Paul Lawrence Dunbar senior Andrew Brennen, who says overcrowded classrooms and worn out textbooks are a concern.


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2:57pm

Wed November 20, 2013
Education

EKU Plans Response To White Supremacist Flyers Posted In Classroom Buildings

Racist flyer found posted in classroom buildings at Eastern Kentucky University.
Credit Charles Compton / WEKU News

White supremacist flyers have circulated around the campus of Eastern Kentucky University.  They claim a “non-violent genocide” has been launched against so-called “white countries.”   University spokesman Marc Whitt confirms several flyers were posted in classroom buildings that serve police and firefighter trainees.   Whitt says an official investigation is underway.

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7:00am

Wed November 20, 2013
Education

Kentucky Education Leaders to Meet in Summit

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 Education advocates will meet Thursday to discuss funding for Kentucky schools at a Lexington summit.  The meeting will include presentations from numerous education experts.  Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday is slated to discuss school funding issues. And Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson will talk about tax reform efforts.

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11:14am

Tue November 5, 2013
Education

ROTC Programs Cancelled As Army Focuses On Urban Cadets

Credit Indiana Public Media

The Army is ending 13 officer training programs nationwide, including the ROTC program at the University of Tennessee at Martin. The Army approved the closures after a comprehensive review of resources last month. The 13 programs are mostly in rural areas that are producing too few officers to justify their operation. Along with UT at Martin, Tennessee closures include Tennessee Tech University, East Tennessee State University. The only Kentucky program shuttered was at Morehead State University.  Morehead Military Science Chairman Lt. Col. Robert Mason said the cuts may be aimed at changing the program's demographics.

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11:06am

Tue November 5, 2013
Education

Right Sizing Enrollment At Eastern Kentucky University

Credit John Hingsbergen / WEKU News

After some years of decline, enrollment this fall at Eastern Kentucky University this year is holding steady.  Over 16-thousand students now attend classes at EKU.  Vice President Elizabeth Wachtel says declines are not necessarily bad.  Wachtel says the school might now be at its optimal size.

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6:59am

Mon November 4, 2013
Education

EKU Community Gets Chance to Meet Branding VP Finalists

Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson
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Eastern Kentucky University is working to improve its staying power with prospective students, potential donors, and the community at large.  The field is narrowing for a new position of Vice President for University Relations and EKU Branding. The first of three open meetings with finalists is scheduled later Monday on the Richmond campus.

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10:54pm

Thu October 31, 2013
Education

U.S. Education Secretary Coming to See Kentucky Early Childhood Education Programs

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Successful early childhood education efforts in southern Kentucky are bringing the U.S. Secretary of Education to the Commonwealth Friday.  Arne Duncan plans to spend part of the afternoon in Williamsburg.  He is scheduled to visit with a Whitley County family in ‘Save the Children’s Early Steps to School Success program.  Save the Children administrator Mark Shriver says the program is currently found in ten Kentucky Counties, serving more than 12 thousand children.

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4:10pm

Thu October 31, 2013
Education

GED With a Hamburger

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A well known fast food restaurant chain is promoting the General Education Document program in almost half of Kentucky’s counties. People dining at McDonald's restaurants in 53 counties will be encouraged on customer tray liners to take the GED test.

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2:32pm

Wed October 30, 2013
Education

Local School Boards Petitioning for More Money

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In what’s being called a grassroots movement, dozens of Kentucky school boards have passed resolutions requesting  more state  funding for public education.  Brad Hughes has been with the Kentucky School Boards Association for 20 years. He says during that time there hasn’t been a stronger message sent to lawmakers that current funding levels are inadequate.

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4:20pm

Tue October 29, 2013
Education

'Maker Movement' a Part of Innovative Learning

Left to Right, Austin Jeffries, Wesley Holt, and Chris Fuchs
Credit Amanda Nelson / University of Kentucky College of Education

Educators looking for ways of breaking away from traditional teaching methods gathered in Lexington Tuesday.    The "Innovate to Learn Institute" focused on investigating new learning techniques.  Some teachers working to generate interest among their students are turning to the so called ‘maker movement.’  It’s a method of learning through building.

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10:50am

Thu October 24, 2013
Education

Kentucky Middle Schoolers Score Better Than International Pupils

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 Eighth-graders in Kentucky are doing better than their peers around the globe when it comes to math and science.  A study being released today compared every state, the District of Columbia and Defense Department schools against 38 countries and nine additional subnational education systems.

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5:04pm

Wed October 23, 2013
Education

Kentucky Chosen for New Teacher Prep Program

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Kentucky has been selected as one of seven states participating in a two year pilot program to train future teachers.  The Council of Chief State School Officers created the Network for Transforming Education Preparation.  The aim is to help all new teachers be ready on the first day of their careers to prepare students for college, work, and life.

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6:45am

Mon October 21, 2013
Education

Special Focus on Middle School Interventions

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Kentucky’s middle school teacher of the year sees a need to provide non-traditional specialized education.  Melanie Trowel is a science educator at Lexington’s Carter G. Woodson Academy.  She believes too few minority students are involved in gifted education programs.

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4:37pm

Fri October 18, 2013
Education

Promising Report for Breathitt County Schools

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A southeastern Kentucky school district is making progress under state management.  Education Commissioner Terry Holliday cited a number of improvements during a stop in Jackson today.   Those include an increase of 150 students in the average daily attendance rate, a graduation rate above the state average, and a 30 percent increase in the college and career readiness rate over three years.

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1:16pm

Wed October 16, 2013
Education

Kentucky's Top Teachers Honored In Frankfort

Holly Bloodworth of Murray Independent.
Credit WKMS News

A 26-year veteran in education is the 2014 Kentucky Teacher of the Year.  Murray Elementary third grade teacher Holly Bloodworth was recognized during today’s event in the state capitol.  Bloodworth says she has grown wiser over the years.

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2:53pm

Fri October 11, 2013
Education

Breaking Ground on UK's Expanded College of Business

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The University of Kentucky is plowing forward with a $65-million expansion and renovation of its business college.  The overhaul of the Gatton College of Business and Economics is funded with private dollars. Governor Steve Beshear, along with state leaders and university officials, participated in a ceremonial groundbreaking Friday.  When completed the college’s footprint will expand by 40 percent. 

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4:02pm

Wed October 9, 2013
Education

Mock 'Active Shooter' Exercise Planned at Berea College

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A mock emergency is planned Thursday at Berea College.  The purpose is to test six different agencies in their response to a campus shooting scenario.  Chris Maguire is Associate Vice President for Marketing and Communications at the southern Madison County College.  “There will be what appears to be an active shooter on campus and the whole purpose is to test our public safety and our coordination with the various police agencies locally and throughout the county,” said Maguire.

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6:24am

Tue October 1, 2013
Education

Centre Gift for International Studies

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Centre College has received a $1 million donation to support international travel by students and faculty. The liberal arts college in Danville says three-fourths of the gift will be used for study abroad grants for students. The grants will go to students who complete two years of foreign language study at Centre and want to visit a country where that language is spoken.

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4:20pm

Mon September 30, 2013
Education

Essential "Clean Coal" Tech Earns Federal Research Funds For UK

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Funds from the US Department of Energy will help researchers at the University of Kentucky.  They hope to develop technologies that can further reduce the emission of green house gases from coal-fired power plants. 


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7:17am

Mon September 30, 2013
Education

University Presidents to Pitch New Funding Model

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Kentucky’s public university presidents are putting the finishing touches on a higher education funding model. They’ll meet in Frankfort Wednesday to refine a plan that they’ll present to the governor and state legislators. A major part of the proposal is a performance funding model.  It would base a part of each school’s state funding on how well it turns out graduates over a three-year period.

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4:58pm

Thu September 26, 2013
Education

Campus-Wide Smoking Ban Planned For Eastern Kentucky University

Credit Patrick Reddy/Kentucky Enquirer

Beginning next summer, Eastern Kentucky University will ban all tobacco products on its campuses.  Given the health threat posed by second hand smoke, President Michael Benson today said cigarettes should be banned.  Tobacco products are currently limited to designated, outside areas.  Benson says a policy will be created and implemented next June.  He also says EKU will also provide smoking-cessation programs to students and staff.  Campus-wide smoking bans were implemented at the University of Kentucky in 2009 and at Morehead State University in 2011.

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3:43pm

Tue September 24, 2013
Education

Five Kentucky Schools Honored For Academic Achievements

Credit Charles Bertram / Lexington Herald-Leader

Four Kentucky elementary schools and one high school have been named 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools.  The national program recognizes academic performance and improvement.  Glendover Elementary is the fifth Lexington school to achieve this honor since 1989.  Principal Cathy Fine says her school has seen an increasing number of low income students.

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2:06pm

Mon September 9, 2013
Education

Centre College Fails To Boat $250 Million Bass

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A $250-million donation, listed as one of the biggest gifts ever given to a US college, has collapsed.  Given the deal’s complexity, the president of Centre College says they had trouble satisfying conditions set by the Eugene Brockman Charitable Trust.  According to the Chronicle for Higher Education, the all-stock gift to the Danville, Kentucky school, was among the top 20 contributions ever made to a US college.  In withdrawing the gift, President John Roush says the Trust offered no explanation.

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2:14pm

Tue September 3, 2013
Education

Education Commissioner Optimistic About Student Test Scores

Credit kentucky.com Lexington Herald Leader

This year, Kentucky public schools could post their best results ever in two major categories the state measures for overall student progress.   Education Commissioner Terry Holliday calls the early results promising.

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