Education

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The Kentucky Department of Education has released its annual Report Card on public schools for the 2015-2016 school year.

Of our region; Murray Independent, Calloway County,  and Ballard County schools rank the highest.  

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Calloway County’s Southwest Elementary is one of only 10 schools in Kentucky to be named a Blue Ribbon School this week by the U.S. Department of Education.

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Kentucky's Democratic leaders have blasted Republican Gov. Matt Bevin for withholding $4.6 million from public school districts — money Bevin says he will release if the districts ask for it.

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State student testing data shows improvements in the four year high school graduation rate and college and career readiness. The just released testing data from the Kentucky Department of Education shows gains in a number of areas.

High school graduation rates along with college/career readiness continue to go up. State officials say the number of schools and districts performing at the highest levels are up from last year, but State Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt says testing results don’t address future needs.

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The Department of Homeland Security has awarded a contract of $95,290 to Murray State University’s Telecommunications Systems Management. 

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Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton and the Kentucky Commission on Women joined a national effort to increase the number of women in STEM education Wednesday.

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Kentucky youth smoking rates are at an all time low, dropping nearly 10 percent over the past decade. Kentucky Department of Public Health attributes the decrease to the 100% Tobacco-free Schools Initiative, which prohibits the use of tobacco and its alternatives.

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A judge has ruled that Gov. Matt Bevin that cannot unilaterally reorganize a public university’s board of trustees and dismiss all of its members, calling it an “unprecedented assertion of executive power.”

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The University of Louisville Foundation's chairman says the organization's assistant secretary has been placed on paid leave in another shake-up at the school's fundraising arm.

The Courier-Journal reports that in her role as assistant secretary, Kathleen Smith ran the foundation's day-to-day operations.

Smith also served as former UofL president James Ramsey's chief of staff. The 69-year-old Smith retired as the president's chief of staff earlier this month but had wanted to stay on through the end of the year at the foundation to complete some projects.

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The number of youth smoking in Kentucky is at an historic low according to the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. 

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