Education

1:05pm

Thu January 24, 2013
Education

Gifted and Talented Children Conference Coming to Louisville

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The 20th biennial international conference of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children is coming to the Galt House this summer. Louisville will join host cities such as Barcelona, Spain; Sydney, Australia; Istanbul, Turkey; and Prague, Czech Republic according to The Lane Report. The program is being held Aug. 10-14 and will celebrate "Giftedness and Creativity."

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11:32am

Tue January 22, 2013
Education

High School Graduation and Dropout Rates Improving

A national report released today has good news about the nation’s high schools. Fewer students dropped out of high school in 2009-10 than the previous year, and more students overall graduated. That’s according to a preliminary report from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics. Meanwhile, state data shows the Newport Independent School District is making progress in curbing its dropout rate. The Enquirer reported in May that the dropout rate for the urban district had skyrocketed to 8.4 percent in 2008-09, the highest rate in Northern Kentucky and the state.

5:59pm

Mon January 21, 2013
Education

Kentucky Education Department Prepares to Release Alternative Schools Data

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says the state is working to improve oversight of its alternative schools
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The Kentucky Department of Education is planning to release data next month on the state’s alternative schools for the first time as they look to improve transparency and accountability for the population the schools serve. Over 70,000 students are estimated to attend alternative programs in the state, many of which are in specialized schools that range in services and purposes.

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4:14pm

Fri January 11, 2013
Education

Earth to Space Via Richmond

What could certainly be dubbed a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’ came for 20 middle school students at Eastern Kentucky University today.  They posed questions to a NASA astronaut aboard the international space station.  The connection was made through a downlink in the university’s Hummel Planetarium.  Kentucky Educational Television also participated in the event.

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7:18am

Fri January 11, 2013
Education

Kentucky Education Makes Top Ten List

Kentucky has broken into the top ten in a national assessment of education improvements.  Each year, a national publication called ‘Education Week’ tracks key education indicators and grades states in these areas.  Kentucky’s public education system moved up four spots to number ten in the U.S.   The review covers such categories as kindergarten through 12th grade achievement, accountability, the teaching profession, and school finance.

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3:33pm

Tue January 8, 2013
Education

Kentucky Ranks 7th Nationally in Teacher Certification Results

Frankfort - Teacher quality reaches a new milestone in Kentucky today with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards’ announcement that 268 Kentucky teachers were awarded the prestigious National Board Certification in the class of 2012. The achievement recognizes these educators among the top in the profession and promises to improve student learning and achievement in classrooms across the state.

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3:30pm

Tue January 8, 2013
Education

Advocates Support Toned Down Charter School Law

A charter school bill has been filed in the Kentucky House and supporters hope the less aggressive approach will help get it passed this year. Rep. Brad Montell, R-Shelbyville , crafted the law with help from the Kentucky Charter School Project. It’s a coalition including several organizations that have argued for charter schools the past couple years.

10:37am

Tue January 8, 2013
Education

Federal Spending Cuts Worry School Officials

The federal fiscal cliff was averted, but an agreement that delayed decisions about major spending cuts until late February has Kentucky school officials worried about potential layoffs and lost services for needy students. If Congress doesn't reach a compromise on the scheduled spending cuts, Kentucky's 174 school districts will lose $61 million a year in federal support during the next decade, according to numbers generated by the Congressional Budget Office and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Many of Kentucky's gains in K-12 education during the past 20 years could be erased, said Stu Silberman, director of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, a Lexington-based non-profit.

11:05am

Mon December 24, 2012
Education

Schools Work to Add Security Features

New security plans couldn’t be implemented at a better time in Hardin County Schools, as school safety becomes a top concern across the nation. HCS is adding extra security measures at some of its schools to ensure everyone in the building was allowed to enter by school personnel. The district is installing cameras at the front doors and buzz-in systems, which force visitors to ask for entrance into the buildings and to show an I.D.

1:32pm

Tue December 18, 2012
Education

School Officials Review Security Policies, Some Parents Pull Students

Many Kentucky school officials reviewed and strengthened their security policies on Monday in light of last week's school shooting in Connecticut, even as a false rumor about possible violence frightened hundreds at Lexington's Henry Clay High School. School safety experts had predicted that rumors would be a problem at schools this week in the wake of a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., which left 20 children and eight adults dead.

5:29pm

Mon December 17, 2012
Education

Subcommittee Approves Restraint and Seclusion Policy Change

The Administrative Regulation Review Subcommitee approved the Kentucky Department of Education’s new restraint and seclusion policy proposal Monday. Kentucky is one of several states that don’t have a state law governing restraint and seclusion in schools so it's up to KDE to set that policy. The changes would increase training and parent communication and allow restraint and seclusion of misbehaving students in cases of imminent threats.

3:45pm

Mon December 17, 2012
Education

Peace Through Conflict Resolution

With the funerals underway of 26 shooting victims in Connecticut, Kentuckians have joined the nation in grief.   Many are also seeking an end to gun violence.   For Richard Mitchell with the Central Kentucky Council for Peace and Justice says a priority is removing semi-automatic weapons from the hands of young people.   Mitchell says more American students must learn how to resolve differences without violence.

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2:42pm

Mon December 17, 2012
Education

Education Restraint and Seclusion Policy Proposal Moves Toward Approval

The Kentucky Department of Education’s new restraint and seclusion policy proposal is in the final stages of approval this week and will go before the state’s Administrative Regulatory Review Committee Monday. Kentucky is one of several states that don’t have a law regulating restraint and seclusion for misbehaving students. Instead, the Kentucky Board of Education sets the governing policies, but the department has acknowledged changes to the regulations are needed.

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9:20am

Mon December 17, 2012
Education

Kindergarten Readiness

The overall academic success of preschoolers is increasingly tied to social and emotional preparation.  Under the current assessment process, the director of the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development, says there are no good measurements.  Terry Tolan says simply emphasizing language, reading, and motor skills isn’t enough.

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11:56am

Fri December 14, 2012
Education

Community College Receives Million-Dollar Gift

The Bank of Kentucky has committed the first-ever million-dollar donation to Gateway Community & Technical College. The $1 million donation to Gateway’s affiliated foundation will go to help develop Gateway’s Urban Campus in Covington. The college and the foundation already are spending up to $17 million on the campus, which eventually will spread over about six square blocks in Covington.

4:42pm

Thu December 13, 2012
Education

UK Police Officer Fired After Video Goes Viral

A University of Kentucky police officer has been fired for inappropriate contact with a student after entering the student's dorm room. Officer David Thompson was terminated Wednesday after the Saturday evening incident at Haggin Hall, according to a statement by UK Police Chief Joe Monroe. The incident was investigated by the police department, and "the officer, as a result, was in violation of a number of university employment policies," Monroe said.

2:48pm

Tue December 11, 2012
Education

Disabilities Protection Agency Partners with Prichard's Parent Leadership Institute

Kentucky Protection and Advocacy has asked the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence to include special education information for participants in next year’s parent leadership institutes. KPA is a federally mandated state agency that protects persons with disabilities. KPA attorney Leslie Jones says the agency spends a lot of time working with students.

5:16pm

Thu December 6, 2012
Education

First Governor's School for Entrepreneurs in June

Summer camps are nothing new, but some of Kentucky’s most enterprising youth are applying to be chosen for a spot in the Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs. The school, to be held June 9-29 at Georgetown College, is a residential summer camp where high school students work in teams, expand on their ideas and create business models for their projects. It is patterned after Kentucky Governor’s Scholars and the Governor’s School for the Arts, according to the governor’s office.

6:42am

Thu December 6, 2012
Education

State Board Action on Two School Districts

The State Board of Education has acted to take over operation of the Breathitt County school district.  The board Wednesday also moved to implement state assistance in the Monticello Independent school district.   In November, the Department of Education completed a management audit of the Breathitt County schools.  The findings indicated a significant lack of efficiency and effectiveness in the district’s management and governance.

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5:26pm

Tue December 4, 2012
Education

New Midway President Welcomed to Town

Midway College this morning greeted its new president. A little rain didn’t dampen the fanfare for Doctor John Marsden.   Members of the Midway College community lined what’s called the ‘Path of Opportunity’ which links the campus to the city of Midway.  Accompanied by bag pipes and professors dressed in their academic gowns, Marsden and his wife Margaret proceeded along the path to a podium at Pinkerton Hall.

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12:56pm

Tue November 27, 2012
Education

UK Researcher Accused of Falsifying Data

A former high-ranking researcher at the University of Kentucky has been penalized by federal investigators in a scientific misconduct case that spanned a decade and included allegations that he falsified data in at least 10 papers and numerous grant applications. Eric J. Smart, who was an associate professor and vice-chairman of the UK Department of Pediatrics and the Barnstable-Brown Chair in Diabetes Research, resigned from UK in May. He now teaches at Bourbon County High School.

6:46am

Mon November 26, 2012
Education

Langauge Instructors Sought

As the number of immigrants coming to central Kentucky grows, the demand for English lessons also increases.  But, there are not enough instructors here who can teach English-as-a-Second-Language classes.  Lexington’s Multicultural Affairs Coordinator Isabel Taylor says ‘the numbers’ tell a big part of the story.  Taylor says data gathered from the Fayette County School System shows about 15 hundred non-English speaking children were enrolled in 2005.  By last spring, she says that number had almost tripled.

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12:59pm

Tue November 20, 2012
Education

Beshear Supports Prichard Committee's Parent Institutes

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Gov. Steve Beshear announced Monday he’ll make a concerted effort to support the Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership offered by the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence. Prichard has hosted the program for several years, educating and mentoring hundreds of parents to become involved in their child’s education.

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11:42am

Sun November 18, 2012
Education

Debate Moderator Martha Raddatz to Return for Centre Commencement

Martha Raddatz

Martha Raddatz, ABC News Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent and moderator of the 2012 Vice Presidential Debate at Centre, will be the featured speaker at Centre’s 190th Commencement Ceremony on May 19. Raddatz has held her current role at ABC since 2008. Previously, she acted as the network’s State Department and senior national security correspondent. She and others at ABC News were recognized for their coverage of Sept. 11, 2001, with a Peabody Award and an Emmy Award.

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4:17pm

Fri November 16, 2012
Education

University Student Clubs are Self Policing

In its campaign against hazing, Eastern Kentucky University expects student clubs to police themselves.  The E-K-U Men’s Rugby Club was suspended Thursday night for freshmen initiations that included a paddle.  The club cannot practice, play games, or even meet until August of 20-14.  Eastern Vice President of Student Affairs Mike Reagle says the university does not have enough staff to closely monitor such organizations.

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12:24pm

Fri November 16, 2012

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Fri November 16, 2012

6:01am

Mon November 12, 2012
Education

Open Forums on EKU Presidential Search

The search for a new president at Eastern Kentucky University begins in earnest this week.  Members of the E-K-U community can offer their thoughts on the skills needed in the next president.  Consultants hired to help with the search will be in Richmond the next two days to hear from administrators, faculty, students, and citizens.  An open community forum is tonight on the Richmond campus.  Presidential Search and Screening Committee Chair Craig Turner says public comments will be part of the mix

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12:42pm

Fri November 2, 2012

1:41pm

Tue October 30, 2012
Education

Snow School Closings

A Pre-Halloween snowfall in eastern Kentucky has kept thousands of school children home.  The snow comes as a spinoff to Hurricane Sandy.  In Pike County, where classes were canceled Tuesday,  Personnel Director Ralph Kilgore says an October snow day is highly unusual.  “I can remember when I was a young man in school, we had snow and we were practicing football in the snow, but that was back in the 60’s.  That’s been a long time.   Since I’ve been in the school system, I cannot remember calling school off in October, for snow,” said Kilgore.

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