education

Tennessee
8:27 am
Mon April 9, 2012

TN Bills Encourage Parental Involvement

Tennessee is among the few other states that have enacted or are proposing legislation aiming to push parents to get more involved in their children’s school performance.  One bill advancing in the Tennessee legislature encourages school districts to develop a parental involvement contract, while another proposes what are commonly called parent report cards.  According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, the contract legislation is similar to a Michigan proposal passed in 2001, and Louisiana is also considering legislation to grade parent participation.  Tennessee Governor Bil

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Tennessee
10:13 am
Fri April 6, 2012

Haslam Urged to Veto Evolution Bill

Opponents of a Tennessee proposal protecting teachers who allow students to criticize evolution and other scientific theories like global warming are urging Governor Bill Haslam to veto the measure.  Several opponents of the legislation delivered a petition containing more than 3,000 signatures to Haslam spokesman David Smith outside the governor's office Thursday.  Smith told those who brought the petition he would make sure the governor got it.  Haslam says he’ll sign the proposal, which he says encourages critical thinking by protecting teachers from discipline if they help students crit

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Education
9:35 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Kentucky Students Compete in Career Skills

www.kytech.ky.gov

The 2012 SkillsUSA Kentucky State Conference is under way in Louisville, and today is contest day for hundreds of career and technical education students from across the state.  They’ll compete in areas like automotive technology, carpentry, masonry, plumbing, electricity and welding.  The students are from high schools as well as community and technical colleges. Winners will compete in the national championships in June in Kansas City, Missouri.   

Education
12:44 am
Sat March 31, 2012

Dr. Silberman Offers Encouragement Despite Cuts to Education in the Commonwealth

Prichard Committee Executive Director Dr. Stu Silberman

Dr. Stu Silberman is among the Commonwealth’s leading advocates for improving public education reacting to the Kentucky Senate’s failure to fund a proposal to expand pre-school services. Kate Lochte has the story.

Learn more about current issues in and discussion about improving Kentucky’s education at prichardcommittee.org. One of its initiatives, the Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership, offers insight into public education budgeting and policies through six-day institutes in three, two-day sessions, free of charge.

Poetry Out Loud
8:56 am
Mon March 19, 2012

'Poetry Out Loud' Competition This Week

Kentucky high school students will compete this week in the national Poetry Out Loud recitation contest in Frankfort. Champions from 21 high schools across Kentucky will participate in the state finals Wednesday at the Capital Plaza Hotel. The contest was launched in 2006 by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. The Kentucky Arts Council says it helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage. The state winner receives $200 and a trip to Washington for national finals.

2012 General Assembly
8:35 am
Mon February 27, 2012

Bill to Allow Students to Attend School Outside of Home District

A new bill in Kentucky would allow students to go to school outside of the district they live in, as long the new district allows it.

State Senator Ken Winters is sponsoring the bill because of concerns he's heard from parents in his district. He says the measure isn’t aimed at getting students out of low-performing schools, but is instead tailored to parents who commute outside their home county.

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Education
4:40 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

KY House Votes to Raise High School Dropout Age

The Kentucky House has approved legislation that would raise the school dropout age to 18. House Bill 216 would require all school districts to have the dropout age at 18, unlike a bill that passed the Senate Feb. 8 which let local school boards decide the age. The bill's sponsor, Democrat Jeff Greer says allowing children to drop out of school when they're 16 or 17 is costly to them and the state. They earn less and are more likely to be on public assistance or be incarcerated for crimes. The bill would raise the dropout age to 17 in 2016 and to 18 in 2017.

Government & Politics
3:02 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

'Don't Say Gay' Bill Delayed in Tennessee Committee

Opponents of a measure that bans Tennessee public schools from teaching about gay issues say they'll continue to show up in large groups to protest the legislation.  The proposal, dubbed the "Don't Say Gay" bill, is sponsored by Republican Representative and House Education Subcommittee chair Joey Hensley.  It was scheduled to be heard by the subcommittee Wednesday, but Hensley says he wanted to be out by a certain time and delayed taking up his bill and others until next week.  Chris Sanders is chairman of the Nashville committee of the Tennessee Equality Project, which organized the gathe

Health and Welfare
4:15 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

McCracken County Anti-Bullying Campaigners

A McCracken County mother and daughter team encouraging students in the area to stand up to bullies is getting some mixed responses to the campaign. Susan Guess and her daughter Morgan's campaign include posting messages to social media sites urging victims to report bullying to parents and teachers. Guess says most of the community is supportive of their message, but recently, some people have made threats against them.

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