Education

10:25am

Fri February 8, 2013
Education

Pikeville Lawmaker Wants to Expand Scholarship Program to 34 Coal Counties

94th District state Rep. Leslie Combs, D-Pikeville

A Pikeville lawmaker wants to cement and expand a pilot scholarship program aimed at boosting college-going rates in Eastern Kentucky. Democratic Rep. Leslie Combs has filed a bill that would make permanent the nine-county program — created last year with an executive order by Gov. Steve Beshear — and spread it to all 34 coal-producing counties, including eight in Western Kentucky. The program would continue to use coal severance tax dollars to provide grants to college juniors and seniors to help them finish their four year degrees.

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3:13pm

Fri February 1, 2013
Education

First Day on the Job for Midway President

Midway College’s new president began his duties today.  John P Marsden is the tenth president of the central Kentucky school.  Marsden is scheduled to speak to the campus community next Tuesday during a convocation at eleven a.m.  His speech is expected to focus on current curricular trends, the rise of technology and social media on campus, and changing demographics in the marketplace.

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10:32am

Fri February 1, 2013
Education

Kentucky Students Improve Explore and Plan Test Scores

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The Kentucky Department of Education has released statewide data for two tests that show improvements over last year and state officials are pleased with the progress, but say there’s more work to be done. The EXPLORE and PLAN tests are taken in eighth and tenth grades respectively. The tests measure preparedness for high school and the ACT college entrance exam that all juniors take.

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12:56pm

Thu January 31, 2013
Education

Kentucky Schools to Submit Improvement Plans for K-PREP

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Scores from Kentucky's 2012 K-PREP student test were released a little less than three months ago, but schools already are planning ways to improve students' performance on this year's test. By Thursday, school districts and individual schools across Kentucky must submit annual improvement plans to the state Department of Education. This year the plans must detail steps schools and districts will take to meet ambitious new "delivery targets" on the 2013 K-PREP test. Each Kentucky district and school has its own individual targets, based on their results from 2012.

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5:52pm

Mon January 28, 2013
Education

Poll Shows KY Parents Favor Increasing School Dropout Age

A statewide poll has found that Kentucky parents overwhelmingly favor increasing the state’s school dropout age, and doing so might help future high-school students' health, according to the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, which sponsored the poll.  After being told the legislature may raise the dropout age to 18 from 16, 85 percent of Kentucky parents said they favor the move, and 77 percent of parents said they strongly favored it.

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4:01pm

Fri January 25, 2013
Education

Degree Demand in the Next Decade

Despite rising tuition costs, higher education is still worthwhile because college-degree holders have higher incomes and better opportunities for employment, according to a report released Friday by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.  Employers are increasingly requiring bachelor’s degrees as part of their hiring processes, the report said. In the next eight years, the report says, more than half of Kentucky jobs will require some sort of higher education. 

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1:43pm

Fri January 25, 2013
Education

Report Says Higher Education Still Worthwhile Despite Rising Tuition

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Despite rising tuition costs, higher education is still worthwhile because college-degree holders have higher incomes and better opportunities for employment, according to a report released Friday by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. Employers are increasingly requiring bachelor’s degrees as part of their hiring processes, the report said. In the next eight years, the report says, more than half of Kentucky jobs will require some sort of higher education.

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10:39am

Fri January 25, 2013
Education

Kentucky's School Safety Subcommittee Meets Today

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Kentucky’s House Subcommittee on School Safety will listen to testimony from officials Friday afternoon for the second time since its creation. House Speaker Greg Stumbo created the special temporary subcommittee to address school safety following the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

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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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