Education

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
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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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2:35pm

Thu April 4, 2013
Education

Segregation Academies: Past, Still Present

Birmingham, Ala. Ever since the Supreme Court declared segregated schools unconstitutional in Brown vs. Board of Education in 1954, the racial makeup of our schools has been in flux. Forced integration made the South’s public schools some of the most integrated in the country, but now – here and across the nation – our schools are re-segregating. The Southern Education Desk is taking a deep look at the issue with a multi-part series exploring this complex trend. In the second installment, the SED’s Alabama reporter Dan Carsen goes back in time to examine a strategy whites once used to sidestep public school integration, one that still shapes communities today — so-called “segregation academies”:

9:57am

Thu April 4, 2013
Education

"Free Speech or Free Lunch" Event at EKU

Listen in as students and faculty at Eastern Kentucky University exercise their 1st Amendment Rights.  This stream comes this afternoon from the Powell Building on the Main Campus in Richmond.  It's a demonstration of the power and fragility of America's Right to speak freely.  Be warned, these citizens could say anything.

12:25pm

Tue April 2, 2013
Education

UK Violated Open Records Act in Hospital Case, Attorney General Rules

The University of Kentucky violated the state Open Records Act by refusing to release documents about surgeries at Kentucky Children's Hospital, the state attorney general's office has ruled. The attorney general's opinion carries the weight of law in open records cases, although it can be appealed to circuit court. UK spokesman Jay Blanton said Monday that the university was reviewing its legal options.

5:30pm

Mon March 25, 2013
Education

Kentucky College Student's Financial Aid Needs Rise

Officials with the agency overseeing Kentucky’s college financial aid expect to figure out how many students will be receiving benefits in the next week.The state doles out around $100 million in financial aid annually, but that money is on a first come first served basis. Erin Klarer is with the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority. She says more people are understanding the importance of higher education.

6:36am

Mon March 25, 2013
Education

Advice for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Like the rest of the nation, more of Kentucky’s grandparents have become a child’s primary care giver.  Looking for support, many of the older parents gathered recently in Lexington.  Nearly a quarter of America’s children live with a single parent.  Nearly five-million live in their grandparent’s home.  It’s nothing new to Lexington resident Sandy Flynn.  21 years ago, Flynn and her husband adopted their grandson.  Then a couple years ago, Flynn took a set of two-year-old twins, plus three granddaughters into her home.  She says that’s a pretty typical situation these days.

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11:34am

Fri March 22, 2013
Education

EKU Arts Center Records Reveal Widespread Improper Practices

Two-story windows grace the exterior of the EKU Center for the Arts.
Credit David Perry / Lexington Herald Leader

Less than four months after the Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts opened in Richmond, university employees were assigned to take over business operations of the center and address concerns including mishandling of cash, irregular student employment practices and improper handling of customer credit card numbers that potentially compromised security and threatened the university's overall ability to accept charge cards.

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5:19am

Fri March 22, 2013
Education

Murray State Board Action Questioned

A Lexington attorney who has represented former Governor Ernie Fletcher has filed a open meetings complaint against Murray State's Board of Regents. In a letter mailed to board chairman Dr. Constantine Curris Thursday, attorney Jim Deckard alleges the board held an illegal meeting during a social gathering at regent Sharon Green's home the night before voting against offering president Randy Dunn a new 4 year contract.

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10:35am

Wed March 20, 2013
Education

UK Approves Smallest Tuition Hike Since 1997

The University of Kentucky will raise tuition 3 percent for in-state undergraduate and graduate students in the next school year, the smallest increase since 1997 at a school where tuition has jumped 154 percent since 2002. The average in-state undergraduate student will pay $10,110 in the 2013-14 school year, the first time annual tuition has topped $10,000.

2:44pm

Tue March 19, 2013
Education

Report Shows Funding for Higher Education Lags Since Recession

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Kentucky follows the national trend of allocating less funding for higher education since the recession, according to the latest education report from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities. The report released Tuesday says Kentucky has cut higher education since 2008 by 26 percent—or $2,663 per student—when adjusted for inflation. That’s only slightly better than the national average of 28 percent, the report says.

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11:34am

Tue March 19, 2013
Education

Retirement, Layoff Plan Okayed at EKU

Regents vote for staff reductions at EKU..
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Before layoffs begin at Eastern Kentucky University, its Board of Regents will promote early retirements.  A plan approved this morning by the regents offer incentives to professors willing to work part-time.  Chairman Craig Turner says they’ll also offer incentives to staff members who qualify for early retirement.

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2:58pm

Mon March 18, 2013
Education

EKU Final Three Presidential Finalists Unveiled

Alan T. Shao, Ph.D., Professor of Marketing, School of Business, College of Charleston.

Three finalists in the search for a new president at Eastern Kentucky University were unveiled today.   They are political scientist Michael Benson of Southern Utah University, Alan Shao, who's dean of the business school at the College of Charleston and Lamar University administrator Gregg Lasson.  The chairman of Eastern’s Board of Regents calls the finalists an “outstanding group” with “demonstrated proven leadership.” The finalists will now undergo a series of public forums at EKU.   The Richmond-based university hopes to have a new president before summer. He’ll replace President Doug Whitlock, who’s retiring.  

4:29pm

Sun March 17, 2013
Education

Diversity an Issue in UK Provost Search

By next month, the top candidates for provost of the University of Kentucky should be on campus for interviews in the most-watched job search since President Eli Capilouto came on board in 2011. UK's top academic officer will be in charge of improving educational offerings in an uncertain and underfunded future. But observers say the hire could also be important in creating more diversity in UK's top leadership group, which is dominated by white men.

4:27pm

Sun March 17, 2013
Education

Schools Prepare for New Rules Governing the Restraint of Unruly Students

Kentucky's public school districts are gearing up for a new state regulation that specifies how and when educators can restrain or isolate students who are unruly. The regulation, which went into effect Feb. 1, allows students to be physically restrained — preventing students from moving torso, arms, legs or head — or placed in a secluded area away from classmates only to protect them from hurting themselves or others. It also bans the use of physical restraint or seclusion as student punishment. Students can be restrained for intentionally destroying property. Advocates have been calling for such rules for years.

4:58pm

Thu March 14, 2013
Education

U.S. Education Department Official Tours BCTC

U.S. Assistant Secretary Brenda Dann-Messier takes a tour of the BCTC Leestown Road Campus
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A high ranking federal education official has gotten an up-close view of programs offered at Bluegrass Community and Technical College.    A full community and technical college experience awaited Doctor Brenda Dann-Messier in central Kentucky.  The Assistant Secretary of Education was briefed at the community college’s new Leestown Road campus.  Dann-Messier then toured Toyota’s Advanced Manufacturing Center.

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1:10pm

Sun March 10, 2013
Education

Compromise Reached on Raising Drop Out Age

After more than three years of unsuccessful attempts to raise Kentucky's high school dropout age from 16 to 18, House and Senate leaders have struck a compromise that appears poised to pass. The compromise plan would allow school districts to voluntarily raise the dropout age from 16 to 18 beginning in 2014. Once 55 percent of the state's school districts raise the age, remaining school districts across the state would have four years to make the change.

11:39am

Fri March 8, 2013
Education

Poll Shows 72 Percent of Likely Kentucky Voters Support Charter Schools Bill

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Seventy-two percent of likely Kentucky voters favor legislation to allow persistently low-performing schools the ability to become charter schools, according to a poll released Thursday by charter advocates. The survey found that 28 percent of likely Kentucky voters opposed the legislation, a news release said.

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4:42pm

Mon March 4, 2013
Education

New Teacher Evaluation Model Considered

The best way to gauge the performance of Kentucky’s teachers has long been debated.  By holding educators more accountable, lawmakers believe Kentucky can graduate smarter students.   The traditional image of a teacher evaluation shows a school principal, slipping into class, and observing the instructor in action.  In places like Gallatin County, it’s a bit more formal. School Superintendent Dorothy Perkins says her principals use a system that does a good job of identifying areas where a teacher can improve, and then creates a plan for fixing those problems.

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11:53am

Tue February 26, 2013
Education

Low-Achieving Schools Could Become Charter Schools Under Senate Bill

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Kentucky persistently low-achieving schools would be able to become charter schools to improve performance and test scores under a bill discussed Tuesday in the state Senate Education Committee.  The charter schools bill adds charters a a fifth option for what the state now calls "priority schools—schools that persistently get low scores.  The current options include re-staffing of teachers, firing the principal, giving the school up to outside management or closing the schools.

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4:18pm

Thu February 21, 2013
Education

Universities Can Begin Construction Projects

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Six Kentucky's public universities can immediately start construction on more than $300 million in construction or renovation projects, including a $110-million renovation of Lexington's Commonwealth Stadium. Governor Steve Beshear signed House Bill 7 into law on Thursday.

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1:26pm

Fri February 15, 2013
Education

Kentuckiana Works Hosts 8th Annual Youth Showcase Saturday

Over 1,000 unemployed youths are expected to attend KentuckianaWorks 8th annual Youth Opportunity Showcase Saturday to meet potential employers face to face. “If you get there before 10, you’ll see people lined up outside the door waiting to get in. It’s a little bit like the Macy’s wedding sale where you would see people rushing the door at ten o’clock," says Michael Gritton, ​executive director of KentuckyianaWorks, the federally mandated body overseeing job training and placement in the region.

4:34pm

Fri February 8, 2013
Education

EKU Layoffs Anticipated

A plan to cut Eastern Kentucky University’s budget by ten percent carries with it some expected employee layoffs.   The explanation about the budget alteration came in an email from Eastern President Doug Whitlock to faculty and staff.   Whitlock says about 75 percent of the Richmond school’s budget covers employee salaries and benefits.  In meeting the directive of the board to make a ten percent cut, the Eastern President says forced layoffs are possible.

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11:37am

Fri February 8, 2013
Education

'Green' Education Center Opens in Frankfort

A new ‘green’ Capital Education Center is now open.  The former heating and cooling facility had been dormant until its renovation into a visitors’ destination.  Governor Beshear says more than 60 thousand students, teachers, and other guests visit the Capital Campus each year.  He says ‘the building will serve as an outstanding resource to promote energy efficiency, sustainability, and more.’  The building is insulated wit recycled denim and features a viewing platform on the roof wit solar panels, a wind turbine, and a rooftop garden.

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