Education

9:53am

Tue May 14, 2013
Education

Harlan High Principal now District's Superintendent

Beginning his career in education at Harlan Independent Schools 22 years ago, Harlan High School Principal C.D. Morton was chosen as the district’s new superintendent by the Harlan Independent Board of Education at a special called meeting on Monday. After going into executive session per KRS 61.810 (1.f), the board returned with an unanimous decision to appoint Morton to a four-year term as superintendent.  Read more...

3:20pm

Mon May 13, 2013
Education

Vet Graduations a record breaker at EKU

First Lady Michelle Obama, as she honors veterans programs at EKU.
Credit EKU News

Among the hundreds of men and women who graduated over the weekend from Eastern Kentucky University, there were 90 veterans. That’s an all-time best for EKU’s department of Military and Veterans Affairs.  Director Al Back says many of those vets still want to serve their country.  “And our degree programs are service oriented.  And I think when they come out of the service, that’s what they are looking for.  I think that’s why Eastern has the large student population whether it be in police studies, criminal justice, homeland security or the fire science program, emergency medical science, nursing, and teaching.  They’re still wanting to serve their communities after they leave the service,” said Back.

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10:33am

Mon May 13, 2013
Education

Youngstown State offers Presidency to Dunn

MuSU President Randy Dunn.
Credit WKMS News

The Youngstown State University Board of Trustees voted unanimously Friday to offer the position of president to Murray State University President Dr. Randy J. Dunn. The appointment is not final until contract terms can be reached. Dunn would replace Cynthia E. Anderson, who is retiring June 30 after three years as president and 34 years with the university.

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10:16am

Mon May 13, 2013
Education

State, Clark County School Board discuss Facilities

A complex Clark County Public Schools facilities plan that calls for closing several outmoded schools and moving students to new locations continues to generate controversy six years after the school board approved it. Things came to a head last month, when a new majority on the Clark County Board of Education voted not to spend money to reconfigure two schools, a step intended to prepare for implementation of the facilities plan in the fall. State Education Commissioner Terry Holliday has called Clark school board representatives to meet with state education officials in Frankfort on Wednesday to talk about the impasse.

10:08am

Mon May 13, 2013
Education

Bus Safety Improved after Carrollton Bus Crash

Hardin County Schools transportation director John Skaggs points out the side door and push out windows for emergency exits now required on all school buses.
Credit Neal Cardin / The News-Enterprise

Twenty-five years ago, 15-year-old Quinton Higgins spent about a month in Kosair Children’s Hospital after suffering lung damage and second- and third-degree burns in the fiery Carrolton bus crash. Today, Higgins drives a Hardin County Schools bus. The differences between the bus he drives every school day and the repurposed 1977 Ford B-700 school bus he was in that night in 1988 are like “night and day,” Higgins said.

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8:12pm

Sun May 12, 2013
Education

First Lady Urges Grads to Serve Community

First Lady Michelle Obama on the big screen during EKU Commencement exercises.

Many college graduates across Kentucky may be set on finding just the right job.  But,  they were reminded over the weekend of other priorities.  During commencement exercises Saturday evening at Eastern Kentucky University, First Lady Michelle Obama reminded graduates that providing ‘service’ to the community should be a priority after college.

First Lady Michelle Obama offers advice for Eastern Grads.

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11:57am

Sun May 12, 2013
Education

Michelle Obama speaks at EKU's graduation

First Lady Michelle Obama applauds graduates at Eastern Kentucky University.
Credit EKU News Service

RICHMOND — First lady Michelle Obama chose to speak at Eastern Kentucky University's graduation Saturday because of its often-celebrated work with veterans, and in her speech she urged graduates to take the values they learned here out into the world.

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6:35pm

Fri May 10, 2013
Education

Obama Visit Complicates EKU Commencement

Sign outside EKU bookstore in Richmond, KY.
Credit Charles Compton / WEKU News

Long lines are likely at Eastern Kentucky University tomorrow evening during a visit by America’s First Lady.  Michelle Obama addresses some 600 Eastern Kentucky University graduates, families and friends. "You’ll not be able to bring bottled water, an umbrella, items like pocket knives as those items will have to be disposed of as you’re coming into the building,” said EKU spokesman Marc Whitt.

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3:14pm

Fri May 10, 2013
Education

EKU's New President Endorses Cost Cutting Plans

Cost cutting plans at Eastern Kentucky University were endorsed today by the school’s next president.   Doctor Michael Benson, who takes over as president this August, agreed to disassemble Continuing Education and Outreach at EKU, eliminating its top two officials. The school will also review its regional campus program, close its center at Fort Knox and re-purpose its campus in Lancaster. 

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2:13pm

Thu May 9, 2013
Education

Western Proposes Budget Cuts

Keeping his word to avoid across-the-board cuts to meet a projected $2,139,000 revenue shortfall, Western Kentucky University President Gary Ransdell on Wednesday announced a three-pronged strategy developed by the WKU Administrative Cabinet to a balanced budget.  No job cuts are mentioned, but financial help on employees’ cellphone expenses was chopped as the cabinet reached into pockets and pocketbooks.  The biggest slice is a 5 percent cut of university financial subsidy for the WKU Athletic Department over the next five years.

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5:14pm

Wed May 8, 2013
Education

UK Task Force to Examine Alcohol Policy

University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto appointed a task force Tuesday to examine longtime rules that strictly limit alcohol on campus. The 15-member group, which includes a mix of university officials and community representatives, is called the Work Group on Student Health and Safety. It will look at factors leading to alcohol misuse by students, current alcohol policies, and best practices to prevent alcohol abuse, as well as other health and safety issues.

2:06pm

Tue May 7, 2013
Education

EKU Presidential Pricetag Climbs 62%

Michael Benson takes over as EKU president in August.

The price for a president is going up at Eastern Kentucky University.  EKU’s new President will earn two-thirds more than its outgoing CEO.

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9:12am

Tue May 7, 2013
Education

Gatton Academy Ranked Best High School in the U.S.

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Newsweek and The Daily Beast have again set out to find the best high school in the United States, based on which schools are doing the best job preparing students for college. And they've decided that the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Bowling Green, Ky., is that school. The Gatton Academy was also named the top school last year in Newsweek/The Daily Beast's ranking.

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3:59pm

Mon May 6, 2013
Education

Kentucky Education Department Resumes ACT Testing With Pencil and Paper

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The company contracted to provide standardized end-of-course exams in Kentucky has suspended online testing this week. The Kentucky Department of Education halted the state’s ACT End-of-Course Exam last week after nearly 25 school districts experienced problems connecting to the test online. ACT officials initially told the department they had fixed the glitch, but later said more technical issues would prevent testing from resuming.

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2:42pm

Fri May 3, 2013
Education

ACT Testing Will Resume Next Week

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Kentucky Department of Education officials say problems with the company contracted to administer one of the state’s standardized tests online have been fixed and testing will resume on Monday. This week several states experienced problems with three separate companies contracted to administer standardized tests.

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1:11pm

Thu May 2, 2013
Education

Kentucky Halts Standardized Tests Because of Computer Glitches

States like Indiana and Kentucky are moving standardized testing online.
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Kentucky has become the most recent state to see problems with the company that administers online  exams in public schools and officials say the problem is of concern as more states move to online testing. Since the beginning of this week, 25 Kentucky school districts have experienced slow or dropped  connections to the online system, making it impossible to complete the ACT End of Course Exam.

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2:39pm

Wed May 1, 2013
Education

Multiple Misdeeds Alleged at EKU Center for the Arts

Debra Hoskins was executive director of EKU Center for the Arts when it opened in September 2011. By January 2012, university employees took over business operations because of irregularities.
Credit Lexington Herald Leader

The administration of Eastern Kentucky University attempted to fire EKU Center for the Arts director Debra Hoskins on June 12 because of allegations including fiscal misconduct and falsification of university records and documents. Violation of human-resources policies, improper handling of customers' credit card information, and the misleading of university officials were also alleged. The university's issues with Hoskins while she led the $33 million publicly financed arts center are described in 740 pages of documents obtained late Wednesday afternoon under the Kentucky Open Records law.

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11:22am

Wed May 1, 2013
Education

EKU Tuition, Fees Upped, No Pay Raise

A small tuition increase and no raises were approved yesterday by regents at Eastern Kentucky University.     Tuition at the Richmond-based school will go up almost three-percent.  That’s a fraction on the tuition increases seen in previous years, but within limits recently set by the state Council on Postsecondary Education.

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12:20pm

Sun April 28, 2013
Education

UK Weighs Renovation Against Demolition

In the early stages of developing the University of Kentucky's master plan, hired consultants Sasaki and Associates took a deeper look at some of UK's oldest buildings, putting an emphasis on renovation over demolition. Bob Wiseman, UK's vice president for facilities, said preservation of old buildings is part of the "give and take that will go on for many years."

11:09am

Fri April 26, 2013
Education

U.S. News & World Report Ranks Kentucky High Schools

A Louisville high school ranks as the best in Kentucky, according to the 2013 best high school rankings released by U.S. News & World Report. U.S. News joined with the American Institutes for Research in Washington, D.C. to evaluate schools on student performance on state-mandated assessment tests, according to the publication's website. In all, data from more than 21,000 public high schools in 49 states and the District of Columbia was evaluated.

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10:12am

Fri April 19, 2013
Education

Tuition Increases Capped at 3 Percent for Kentucky Colleges

The Council on Postsecondary Education will limit tuition increases at state schools to 3 percent next fall, the smallest uptick in 15 years. The decision was made to help families struggling to pay for college, officials said, but they acknowledged the move will create a nearly $30 million shortfall for schools still reeling from state cutbacks over the past few years.

3:22pm

Wed April 17, 2013
Education

Career Craze Camps

Hundreds of Kentucky young people could get a feel for jobs well established in their communities.  It’s the first ‘Career Craze’ event offered by the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.  32 hands on camps will be held at 16 K-C-T-C-S colleges across the state.   Chancellor Jay Box says participants will be introduced to ‘potential careers.’  “It’s an opportunity to expose young students to careers in business and industry and entirely focusing on the five major sectors of employment here in Kentucky,” said Box.

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11:47am

Tue April 16, 2013
Education

Report Says Kentucky Ranks 39th in U.S. for State of Child Care Centers

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Kentucky ranks 39th in the U.S. for the state of its child care centers—earning high marks for posting complaint records online but poor marks for not  requiring center directors to have bachelor's degrees, says a new report. The report, from Child Care Aware of America, said Kentucky could improve its child care center's regulations by requiring state and federal fingerprints for checking criminal backgrounds and changing its educational requirements for lead teachers.

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2:51pm

Mon April 15, 2013
Education

New Educational Standards to Emphasize Readiness for Grads

The Next Generation Science Standards are coming to Kentucky's public schools in the 2014-15 school year. The new standards meet the benchmarks set in Senate Bill 1 adopted in 2009. The standards fall in line with the current emphasis on STEM disciplines: science, technology, engineering and mat

12:30pm

Mon April 15, 2013
Education

New Funding to Support Innovation in Education

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Kentucky business leaders and education advocates are teaming up to start a new funding source for innovation in education. The Fund for Transforming Education in Kentucky—also known as the The Fund—is being launched to help with grants and extra fundraising for the Kentucky Department of Education.

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3:50pm

Thu April 11, 2013
Education

First Lady to Give EKU Graduation Speech

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First Lady Michelle Obama comes to Eastern Kentucky University in May to participate in the spring commencement ceremony.    EKU President Doug Whitlock says his office got a call from a member of the First Lady’s staff almost a week ago.  Eastern is receiving national attention for the help it gives Veterans working to further their education.  Whitlock says it caught the eye of Mrs. Obama.  A White House staff member asked if she could attend the University’s graduation ceremony.  Saying it was more than okay, Whitlock says the school was seeking a speaker for the third exercise. In fact, he says it was the only one her schedule would permit.

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1:16pm

Thu April 11, 2013
Education

Funds Running Out For Kentucky's Advanced Placement Support Program

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Kentucky is first in the nation for improving its rate of qualifying scores on Advanced Placement tests since 2008, say officials who testified to the Kentucky Board of Education Wednesday. The commonwealth is also second in the nation for its rate increase for just math and science AP scores and officials are giving credit to the state's AP initiative AdvanceKentucky, which provides teacher training and other resources to encourage AP enrollment for all students.

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5:10pm

Wed April 10, 2013
Education

Kentucky Education Commissioner Provides Districts Incentives to Raise Dropout Age

Education Commissioner Terry Holliday supports raising the dropout age from 16 to 18
Credit The Kentucky Department of Education

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday is giving school districts an extra incentive to increase the dropout age to 18. Under a law passed this year, school districts may voluntary decide to increase the dropout age from 16 to 18. If 55 percent of Kentucky’s school districts adopt the policy, all districts must follow within four years.

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1:10pm

Mon April 8, 2013
Education

Private Giving Key to new EKU President's Success

After selecting new president, regents watch video introducing Dr. Michael Benson to EKU.
Credit Charles Compton / WEKU News

Eastern Kentucky University’s next president sees fundraising as a key priority.    Dr. Michael Benson, who’s currently president of Southern Utah University, says private contributions may be the best way to advance a science building under construction at Eastern.

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2:40pm

Thu April 4, 2013
Education

The Gradual Shift: When And Why School Districts Re-segregate

Micky Zegaye (left) works with a tutor at Fugee Academy in Clarkston, Georgia. Photo by Maura Walz.

CLARKSTON, Ga. — Since the 1970s, federal court orders have governed how many Southern communities integrated their public schools. But new research shows, as those orders have been lifted, school districts are gradually re-segregating. But why? In the fading sunlight of late afternoon in a church basement in Clarkston, Georgia, Tucker High School junior Micky Zegeye studies for a math test with his tutor.

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