education

Local Schools Make National Performance List

Apr 10, 2013

Schools in Ballard, Caldwell, Calloway, Graves, Marshall and Muhlenburg Counties are on the 2012 National Center for Educational Achievement Higher Performing Schools List. The list recognizes schools that are raising student achievement levels more quickly than other schools with similar student populations.

Carmen Garland coordinates a new leadership program for eighth graders. It is called the Regional Youth Leadership Program of MSU's Regional Outreach K12 Connect initiative, and it focuses on participatory citizenship. She spoke with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good.

Kentucky Senate OKs Charter School Bill

Mar 6, 2013

Voting along strict party lines, the Kentucky Senate has approved a bill that would allow persistently low-performing public schools to become charter schools.

Kentucky's primary and secondary educators can voice their opinions about their working conditions until March 29 in the state’s second Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning survey. The TELL survey gathers information from teachers, counselors, principals and administrators about school leadership, community support, professional development and other issues. The online survey is voluntary and confidential, but schools that have a response rate of 50 percent of higher will be entered into a drawing for $1,000.

Local school boards could allow refugees and foreign-born students to extend their stay in high school from age 21 to 23 under a bill passed the House Thursday. State Rep. Jody Richards, a Bowling Green Democrat who sponsored the bill, says it would help these students catch up after arriving in this country with a poor education.

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The University of Kentucky is partnering with two non-profit foundations to establish the National Center for Innovation in Education. With a focus on college and career readiness, the center will assist states in implementing the Common Core standards and helping students learn on a deeper level.

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Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes stopped in Murray today in an effort to gather public opinion about ways to improve the civic health of the state after finishing the Kentucky Civic Health Index earlier this year. The civic health index identifies strengths and weaknesses in the overall public participation and civic literacy.

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The financially troubled Kentucky School Boards Insurance Trust, or KSBIT will disband this summer, meaning school districts will have to find new providers for workers compensation, property and liability insurance policies. 

Kentucky Tops Education Magazine's Rankings

Jan 11, 2013

Kentucky has made the top ten in Education Week magazine's annual rankings of school policy and standards.

Unfunded Liabilities in Teacher Pensions Rising

Dec 13, 2012
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A new report says teacher pensions across the country have an unfunded liability of nearly $325 billion. The National Council on Teacher Quality issued its findings today. Council Vice President Sandi Jacobs says one problem is retirement eligibility. In Kentucky, teachers can retire with full lifetime benefits after 27 years of service, regardless of age.

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