Just over a million dollars in state money will be spent preparing children in 91 counties for their first day of school. Terry Tolan, who directs the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood, says the money will go to 58 Community Early Childhood Councils. Tolan says volunteers, public health officials, childcare providers, librarians and parents serve on these councils.
The new president of Kentucky’s teacher union indicates educators are ready for a tougher minimum dropout age. Many school districts have already acted to increase the minimum from 16 to 18-years-old. Kentucky Education Association President Stephanie Winkler says teachers see the higher minimum drop-out age as an opportunity.
There’s a rush of sorts among Kentucky school districts to raise their drop out age from 16 to 18. Just days after the state’s new “Drop-out Law” took effect, about a third of the state’s 174 districts have acted. Still, Kentucky Department of Education Spokeswoman Nancy Rodriguez says 16 will remain the legal drop-out age this fall.
Despite a reduction in its work force, administrators at Eastern Kentucky University predict there will be little, if any, impact on students. EKU is rearranging its finances, restructuring it organization and cutting its workforce.
Transylvania University President Owen Williams on the campus in Lexington, Ky., on Nov. 18, 2011.
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Embattled Transylvania University President R. Owen Williams will resign at the end of the 2013-14 academic year, the university announced Monday afternoon. William T. Young Jr., the chairman of Transylvania's board of trustees, announced the decision in a meeting with faculty and staff, the Lexington school said in a news release. "The Board of Trustees fully supports Dr. Williams’ decision to continue to lead Transylvania University through the upcoming school year," Young said in the news release. "It is with regret that we accept his resignation." Read more...
Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee’s apology campaign reached the commonwealth of Kentucky over the weekend. According to an Ohio State spokeswoman, Gee called University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto and Louisville President James Ramsey to apologize for derogatory remarks the OSU leader made about both schools last December that first became public last week. During a meeting of the Ohio State Athletic Council, Gee — in apparent attempts at humor — took verbal shots at Notre Dame, Roman Catholic priests, the academic quality of schools in the Southeastern Conference, and the academic integrity of U of L and UK. Read More...
A pioneering study at the University of Kentucky suggests humans have a lot to learn from horses. Horses can help people develop empathy and enhance social and leadership skills, according to a recently completed study of equine-assisted learning among 21 nurses at UK Chandler Hospital. anine Lindgreen, a clinical nursing specialist and co-investigator in the study, said spending time with horses at Lexington's Pine Knoll Farm was an eye-opener for those who took part. Read more...
An online education provider is expanding its partnerships with more universities and schools around the U.S., including the University of Kentucky. Coursera is known for offering what's being called Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs. It has previously only partnered with a handful of established universities and schools. The courses are often accessible to anyone around the world for free, but only until recently were some courses allowed to be offered for college credit. Read more...
Joseph Delamerced is cheered on by his fellow students.
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The 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee will be the second trip for 13-year-old Joseph Delamerced, and this time he’s not as nervous. The Summit Country Day seventh-grader is really just looking forward to enjoying the experience and seeing his family – blood relatives like his sister and aunt, as well as his “bee family.” He didn’t always feel that way. When Joseph went to his first National Spelling Bee in 2011, there was a slight feeling of sibling rivalry. Read more...
Two Kentucky high schools are implementing a new program to address dating violence. Recently, Woodford County High School held a pep rally for Green Dot. Run by the Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program, it helps students promote healthy relationships and safety among their peers.
Come July first, the Eastern Kentucky University workforce picture takes on a new look. The Richmond school has been undergoing restructuring as part of work by the Strategic Budget Reallocation Task Force. 127 employees at Eastern are taking a voluntary buy out package. Their last day at E-K-U will be June 28th. Human Resources Director Gary Barksdale says it’s unclear now how many ‘forced layoffs’ might occur.
The exact repercussions of the Clark County Board of Education’s decision to halt the direct facilities are finally known. In a letter sent to the board from Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday, seven steps are laid out for the board to return to the current facilities. Failure to comply and enact these sevens steps will result in a loss of SEEK money for the district. SEEK money is awarded by the state to school districts based on attendance.
In February, Eastern Kentucky University President Doug Whitlock made a startling announcement: The Richmond university would set aside $23 million, or 10 percent of its budget, to fund new programs and raise salaries. This "reallocation" meant cuts for many existing programs, raising plenty of concerns and questions among faculty and staff. Whitlock appointed a Strategic Budget Reallocation Task Force, made up of administrators and the chairwoman of the faculty senate, to recommend what should get cut. It has met behind closed doors for the past three months. Read more...
ABC newswoman Martha Raddatz, center, enters Newlin Hall at the Norton Center, where she gave the commencement address Sunday for Centre's Class of 2013.
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Martha Raddatz told one on herself Sunday during her commencement address to Centre College’s Class of 2013. The highly decorated and respected ABC foreign correspondent who has reported from war zones around the world, the White House and the Pentagon, the woman who held Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan in check during their feisty debate at Centre last fall, never made it through college. Centre helped Raddatz fill that void in her life, bestowing on her an honorary degree. Read more...
More than 61,000 students are estimated to receive a degree or credential from one of Kentucky’s public and independent colleges and universities in 2013—slightly fewer than the year before, according to Kentucky's Council on Postsecondary Education. The CPE released its preliminary degrees report Thursday, you can find it here. Overall, public colleges and universities are expected to award fewer degrees this year than last, while the independent system will increase its awards. When averaged, this represents a less than one percent decrease in total degrees for all of Kentucky’s public and independent colleges and universities. Read more...
Gov. Steve Beshear on Wednesday signed House Bill 207 that unites the state’s two Career and Technical Education (CTE) systems under the guidance of Kentucky’s Department of Education. The goal is to create a unified, more relevant and efficient system to educate and prepare students for the world of work in a real-life setting, according to a news release from the governor's office.
Officials at Kentucky’s public and independent colleges and universities estimate that they have conferred 61,472 degrees and credentials during the 2012‐13 academic year, with historic levels continuing at the associate, baccalaureate, master’s and professional practice doctoral levels. The Preliminary 2012-13 Degrees Report, issued today by the Council on Postsecondary Education, shows declines for research doctorates and in undergraduate and graduate certificates. A slight overall decrease of less than one percent is estimated for total degrees and credentials conferred this year since last year’s historic total.
Over the next few weeks, the state is offering free GED testing to eligible Kentucky residents . The GED Testing Service hasn’t updated the high school equivalency exam in nearly a decade. Beginning in January 2014, the new test will be more closely aligned with the common core standards many states have already adopted. The testing fee will also double to $120. Read more...
With fundraising having begun for the $3.6 million Casey County Education and Community Center in downtown Liberty, a local bank has stepped up in a big way. The board of directors at Casey County Bank presented Mayor Steve Sweeney and Casey County Judge-Executive Ronald Wright with a check for $100,000 on Tuesday at a ceremony at the bank. Construction is expected to start in the fall. Read more...
More Kentucky students attend Indiana colleges and universities where they can get in-state tuition than the other way around. Kentucky and Indiana officials have announced that they're extending the agreement that allows students to pay in-state tuition at certain colleges and universities across the Ohio River. The extension was approved by the two states' higher education agencies as its expiration date approached this summer. Read more...
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Ron Rizzo (left), an engineer at Western Kentucky University, and WKU professor Matt Dettman prepare a horse-racing rein to be tested Monday at WKU's Complex for Engineering and Biological Sciences.
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A loud snap echoed through a building at Western Kentucky University on Monday as another pair of leather reins finally split in two. Civil engineering professor Matt Dettman helped destroy numerous horse-racing reins as part of a project aimed at finding the weak points of those products. The testing could help set an industry standard for reins to better protect horses and their riders. Representatives of the Jockeys’ Guild, The Jockey Club and the National Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association gathered at WKU to watch a variety of reins being tested in an effort to help refine a standard. ”If they’re going to be instigating a new rein, they want to be comfortable with it,” Dettman said. To his knowledge, WKU is the only university doing this kind of testing, he said. Read more...
The chairman of Youngstown State University’s board of trustees says the board wants Murray State University President Dr. Randy Dunn to start his new job on the Youngstown, Ohio campus as soon as possible. On Friday, the YSU trustees voted 8-0 to authorize the board's chair and vice chair to negotiate and execute an employment contract with Dunn to start as YSU’s next president. In an emailed statement Monday, Dunn said he and his wife, Dr. Ronda Dunn, hoped to get started at YSU in about two months. Read more...
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...
First Lady Michelle Obama, as she honors veterans programs at EKU.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
First Lady Michelle Obama applauds graduates at Eastern Kentucky University.
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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.